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Transform Your Garden into a Backyard Habitat

April 27, 2017

There is a growing trend in landscaping, a trend which is also good for wildlife and native plants. Backyard habitats restore yards to a more natural condition by providing areas where plants and animals once co-evolved together to thrive once again. Many eco-conscious home buyers are also interested in properties with certified backyard habitats, as recognized by the National Wildlife Federation.

Whether you have a small patch of green, or several acres, how you landscape effects the local environment. With sustainable gardening, you can enjoy an amazing variety of colorful plants alongside local and migrating animals throughout the year. To become a Certified Backyard Habitat Home, there are a variety of practices to incorporate within your yard and garden design, including using natural methods of pest control, and providing food and shelter for local wildlife.

swallowtail-1508884_640The benefits of such a landscape go beyond helping animals and insects. With native plant species, a backyard habitat can also be greatly beneficial in times of drought. Yards and gardens which are acclimated to our drier climate aid in keeping our water resources from being over-taxed. Native focused landscaping can also save you money and time. Following guidelines from the California Native Plant Society, with less lawn and more native flora around your property, garden upkeep can be a breeze.

One aspect of backyard habitats which is really beginning to take off is the use of flowering herbs as a focal point. California native herbs such as hummingbird sage and chaparral currants, not only bring a pleasant fragrance to your yard and attract pollinators, they bring a splash of color, too. Culinary herbs can also be incorporated; hardy pants such as lavender and rosemary may not be native, but they thrive in this climate, and attract some of the most important pollinators, bees. These herbaceous shrubs make an ideal addition to a backyard habitat.

5605336914_afabd80947_zIf you are not sure a backyard habitat is for you, or you are looking for inspiration on how to transform your garden, be sure to check out the 2017 Bringing Back the Natives Tour, coming up Sunday, May 7th. Over 30 native gardens across Contra Costa and Alameda Counties will be open for viewing on this self-directed tour. A Backyard habitat can also be an attractive feature to help sell your property. When you are ready to sell your home, my team and I are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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