Gardening Tips from Ames True-Temper
Gardening For Butterflies
Butterflies go where they please so it is important to create an attractive environment to lure them to your garden. A butterfly friendly environment requires plenty of sunshine, shelter from the wind, a reliable nectar source, host plants for caterpillars and egg laying, water, and protection from danger of predators. Follow these simple guidelines:
1. Select a full sun or half-day sun location with good, well-drained soil.
2. Note which butterflies you want to attract and determine which plants they find most attractive for food or nectar.
3. The time of flowering, duration of bloom, flower color, and plant size are all important considerations when selecting plants to attract butterflies.
4. Plant shrubs, vines and trees near the garden area to provide cover for the butterflies. Where possible, use plants that are also a food source for larva (caterpillars).
5. Butterflies need moist soil from which to drink. A pot-saucer filled with moist sand will serve as a water source for butterflies. Place a few smooth stones on the sand to serve as a landing platform.
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