Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Backyard Woods - Attracting Wildlife - Space needs

Space—in three dimensions
You probably know the number of acres your woods covers, but that only includes two dimensions. The space available for attracting wildlife is much greater. Like a high-rise hotel your woods extends vertically from the roots and soil to the treetops. Adding rooms to your wildlife hotel may be easier than you think. Vegetation of varying heights is what provides a full range of suites.

The good news is that many of the same practices used to increase sunlight and add food and shelter encourage plants to grow, and increase vertical structure. Grasses and forbs, shrubs and vines, and small and tall trees allow wildlife to abound.
As your woods grows more diverse vertically, you can expect new visitors. Wildlife that climb and fly will benefit most from the extra layers. Many warblers and other long distance migrants seek out a richly layered woods and will nest in nothing less. Even the smallest backyard woods can burgeon with space for wildlife when you plan for the third dimension.
Going vertical is not the answer for all wildlife—some simply need more room to roam. Your woods may not be large, but if it adjoins other woods, you can join forces with other landowners to multiply the area available to wildlife. Strike up a conversation with your neighbor and share your enthusiasm for wildlife.

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