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Yard Talk Dirt Simple Tips for Natural Yard Care
Episode 9: "Backyard Wildlife"
The Van Fleet residence on Vashon Island home to at least 370 different species of plants.
Sara Van Fleet explains to Doug how they became inspired to maximize the wildlife habitat in their backyard.
One of many bird houses in the Van Fleet's backyard.
A ground-feeding bird feeder designed to attract native squirrels while keeping non-native squirrels out.
Synopsis: Join Doug and Greg as they tour the beautiful Vashon Island garden of the Van Fleet residence. This amazing garden is packed with wildlife and features two ponds, a vegetable garden and more than 370 different species of plants. As a result, the Van Fleets have seen more than 68 different species of birds visiting their yard.
Food - Change bird feeders frequently, leave seed heads for the birds, and avoid using pesticides. Remember most insects are beneficial and provide a free food source for birds.
Water - Birdbaths should have gently sloping sides and should be cleaned daily. Make sure your pond has a recirculating pump system to discourage mosquitoes.
Shelter - Brush piles, rock piles, snags and birdhouses all provide places for wildlife to hide, breed, and look for food.