Animals and Insects that Help Maintain the Health of Your Garden

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by Ann Harrison

If you love to garden, but are afraid that animals and insects will eat or destroy your plants, here are some helpful animal and insects to attract to your garden, to keep away the hungry plant eaters.

Do you love to go bird watching? Why not build a birdhouse or nesting shelf in your garden? Certain birds such as Wrens, Robins and Chickadees feed on beetles, cutworms, and grasshoppers. The more birds you have in your garden, the fewer insects you’ll have. They’ll also protect vegetables such as potatoes, asparagus, and Mexican beans. While keeping your garden healthy, you can bird watch from the comfort of your own back yard, or through the window with the best view of your garden. Beware of squirrels in your garden. Bird feeders attract them, so make sure you keep the squirrels out, while inviting the birds to come into your garden.bees

Butterflies are nice to watch, but they also eat Aphids, so if you wish to attract butterflies to your garden, the best practice is to plant some wildflowers, fennel, Coriander, or even a bit of Queen Anne’s Lace.

If you find a few bees swarming in your garden, don’t get rid of them, because they are the best pollinators around, and spreading pollen from one plant to another, helps your fruit trees and vegetable plants to grow and produce more food for your family.

Other animals and insects that prey on the harmful insects in your garden include, but are not limited to, frogs, lizards, spiders, ground beetles, toads, lady bugs, and lacewings. With the right habitat for these animals, your garden will grow healthy and strong, so you can store home grown fruits and vegetables for the winter, and enjoy your favorite flowers year round.

Sources:

http://www.sundaygardener.net/beneficial-animals-and-organisms/

http://www.wikihow.com/Attract-Beneficial-Animals-to-Your-Garden

About the Author

Ann Harrison is a totally blind author, who grew up in the small town of Rochelle, Georgia, and has moved back to her family home after living in North Georgia for several years. Ann has written many articles of general interest for a number of clients since June of 2010, including the Cordele Dispatch. She has also published a short story entitled “The Big Climb” in Awethology Light. Ann also published a story entitled “The Woods” in December Awethology Light Volume by The #Awethors. She is currently working on several novels, and a self-help book. To read more of Ms. Harrison’s inspirational writings, visit her blog at www.wwannwrites.wordpress.com.