Create a Hummingbird Haven
Not only are they a joy to watch, but hummingbirds are also great for gardens and landscaping. These tiny nectar hounds buzz around and pollinate flowers that other birds cannot, By doing so, they help the growth and spread of long-tubed flowers that would otherwise be short-lived in nature. Another great attribute of these speedy little wonders is that they eat bothersome insects such as mosquitoes, flies, gnats, mites, and small beetles. So they serve as nature's insecticide AND pollinator for your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks! A hummingbird haven concentrates on masses of nectar-producing flowers of various, vibrant hues including blue sage, yellow honeysuckle, foxglove beardtongue, cardinal flower and red buckeye. The addition of a hummingbird feeder or water mister can keep the ruby-throated wonders around from mid-spring to early fall.
Everyone Enjoys a Good Frog Pond
These hopping creatures can prove to be beneficial to your garden. For an ecosystem to flourish, it must maintain balance. Since frogs are fantastic bioindicators, they can help you to identify whether there are problems in your garden or not. If they are happily living and breeding in your garden, that's a great indication that the conditions of your garden are good. Likewise, if you notice that frogs that seemingly have thrived in your garden have suddenly disappeared, there may be a disturbance you need to address. Frogs and toads are also wonderful for pest control. If you notice an insect problem in your garden, it may be time to introduce frogs among your plants. By inviting frogs and toads to your garden, you'll eliminate an insect problem and get to enjoy watching them hop around! To attract frogs and toads, you might have a small frog pond installed edged with dazzling cardinal flower, blue lobelia, pickerel plant and wild canna. A fringe of tussock sedge and southern blue flag completes the design.
Attract Butterflies with a Butterfly Berm
Butterflies have their own beautiful way of supplying a special touch to the world. Of course, they're beautiful to look at, but they do so much more than just bring joy from watching them flutter around. Butterflies help to pollinate flowers and help rid the environment of waste and weeds. Butterflies in larval stage feed on leaves of host plants helping them lose leaves prior to autumn which promotes a healthy transitional phase and helps keep certain plant species from propagating out of control. Paradise Landscaping can create a butterfly berm with colorful, nectar-rich natives such as New Jersey tea, prairie blazing star and butterfly weed. We can add a shallow saucer or old birdbath filled with sand, gravel and water for a butterfly “watering hole.”
By letting Paradise Landscaping create any one of these three wildlife attractions in your landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll get to enjoy the beauty of nature in your own yard! Plus, your lawn and garden will reap the benefits of these natural gardeners and pest controllers. For more landscaping ideas at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website and check out our gallery. Paradise Landscaping also specializes in lawn maintenance, irrigation systems, and pool maintenance - meaning we can take care of all of your landscaping needs at the Lake of the Ozarks! Contact us today to request a FREE QUOTE!
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