Finally, a book about creating welcoming habitat for wildlife in your garden that makes sense! I have read so many books about landscaping for wildlife and have often been disappointed at the number of invasive plants that these authors continue to promote.
The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard by Beth O'Donnell Young will help you attract birds and butterflies, reduce maintenance, eliminate pesticides, create a backyard retreat, and design a beautiful garden full of life.
This book is chock full of gorgeous photos illustrating every step that Beth Young describes. You'll come away with lots of ideas for designing your wildlife garden just by paging through and looking at all of these stunning pictures.
But Beth Young has also included step-by-step worksheets to help you:
- Identify what you want and need
- Discovery your backyard biohabitats
- Create a landscape plan
- Choose the perfect plants for your wildlife garden
- Work with the water you are given
- Attract wildlife
- Identify earth-friendly materials
- Build healthy soil
- Steward your land
By the time you complete these worksheets and read the accompanying chapters in The Naturescaping Workbook you will be well equipped to design your own Beautiful Wildlife Garden, full of birds, butterflies, bees, frogs and toads, insects and other critters.
Chapters walk you through the whole process of designing a beautiful garden for wildlife:
- Know Your Place -- Start with what you have and explore your wants and needs
- Go With the Flow -- Keeping water on your land and be water wise
- Match Plant to Place -- Inventory plants you already have, know your soil, map out your specific biohabitats, and start your plant list
- Welcome Wildlife -- Plan to meet the four basic needs, and let nature do all pest control
- Choose Sustainable Materials -- Think before you buy and get to know the facts about popular materials
- Put Your Plan on Paper -- Formulate your design goals, draw your landscape plan, and make your planting list
- From the Ground Up -- Clear the land, lay it out, build your soil, add your hardscape, and start planting
- Become a Steward -- Water efficiently, garden organically, prune for plant health, and understand weeds
In The Naturescaping Workbook Beth Young encourages gardeners to think in terms of whole ecosystems not just individual plants to have:
"...a naturescaped backyard is a place that teems with life and health, wastes nothing, and thrives on just what's offered by its soil and climate. It's a lively outdoor space, full of bugs and birds, that nourishes our great hunger to be in contact with nature while it contributes at the same time to the health of our earth. Working in a naturescape is not a chore, it is a labor of love." ~ Beth O'Donnell Young