Astral Butterflies Rotating Header Image

10 Tips for Making Your Garden a Butterfly Magnet

Here are 10 tips for making your butterfly garden attractive to butterflies and keeping them coming back:

1. Plant native plants that grow well in your area. The biggest secret to a lush garden is to select plants that are native to your area.

2. Choose plants that nurture the caterpillars of the butterflies you want to attract. For example, Monarch butterfly caterpillars eat only milkweed, which is growing scarcer every day as wild habitat is lost and herbicides are used more and ore. If you have plenty of milkweed in your garden, Monarch butterflies will come to your garden to lay eggs—and keep coming back.

3. Provide water for puddling. Many butterfly species like to drink water from shallow, clean water puddles. Providing safe, clean water puddles will attract them and keep them in your garden longer. Use carefully placed lawn sprinklers to provide water for puddling.

4.  Keep butterfly bushes and other plants lush even in a drought with a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation is the most economical way to water plants, and even if you plant mostly native plants, in a severe draught watering may be essential to keep plants alive and flourishing to attract and feed the butterflies. to create tiny pools for puddling.

5. Provide shelter from high winds and hard rains. Butterfly wings are fragile. High winds and hard rains can take a horrible toll on your butterfly population. Provide lots of trees and bushes for them to take shelter in, and consider adding butterfly houses to you garden. They can be decorative, just like bird houses, and many butterflies will use them for shelter.

6. Let the sun shine in. Butterflies and most flower species thrive in sunshine. Make sure there are plenty of sunny areas as well as shady ones in your garden.

7. Create open spaces to allow butterflies to feed without being easily accessible to predators. Just as bird feeders should be placed where birds can eat without being threatened by cats, butterflies need a certain amount of open space to escape their natural enemies.

8. Refrain from spraying pesticides or using herbicides. They kill butterflies and caterpillars and the plants they feed on.

9. Buy chrysalises and place them on appropriate plants in your garden. That not only provides a crop of butterflies to get you stated. It also gives you the pleasure of watching them break free and seeing their wings unfold. And for some species it assures that there will be more of that species in your garden again next year.

10. Keep bushes neatly trimmed to keep neighbors from complaining and homeowners associations from interfering with your choice of native plants.

Tags: puddling, butterfly garden, native plants, drip irrigation, lawn sprinklers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>