Today, butterflies disappear mostly because of urbanization and extermination of places where they naturally live. If you want to have a butterfly garden of your own, you will have to create a natural habitat for them.
The first thing you should do is to make a small research and decide what kind of butterfly species you would like to have in your yard. Once you know what kind of butterflies you want, it is time to get down to the design itself.
There are two kinds of plants you can use for your butterfly garden. These are nectar plants (where butterflies feed) and host plants (where they lay eggs). Also, it will be good to add some decoration which will attract butterflies to your garden, such as butterfly feeders for example.
Depending on the subspecies, most butterflies prefer a few kinds of nectar plants. So, to attract butterflies to your place, you should get a few plants with different blooming time, mostly at the end of summer and at the beginning of autumn (this is when butterflies are populous). To make it more beautiful, place taller plants behind shorter ones.
Once adult butterflies find a plant where they can lay eggs, they will visit the place often. When baby caterpillars are born, they are going to eat a lot and your host plants may look badly. Youâll have to put up with the destroyed host plants as it is necessary for butterflies survival. Small tip: if you do not want the eaten plants to be in sight all the time, simply plant them in the middle of the butterfly garden or behind other plants.
Another important thing to remember is that host plants have to be planted not far from nectar plants. Normally, butterflies lay eggs close to the plants caterpillars will feed on. In your butterfly garden, never use insecticides or other chemicals. Butterflies are insects and insecticides will simply kill them.
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Article Added on Saturday, July 16, 2016
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