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Making Butterflies More Accessible to All

Butterflies tend to hover around the plants that they will sip nectar from or that they will lay eggs on. Some butterflies lay eggs on only certain plants that their caterpillars will feed on once they hatch.

Different species of butterflies lay their eggs on different kinds of plants. That means if you plant butterfly-attracting plants in your yard or garden, different areas of your yard are likely to attract different butterflies much of the time.

Some butterflies are large and showy. We may know what they look like from books and photos, such as Monarchs, so we do not need to see them up close. Others can be tiny, even as small as a man’s thumbnail. Those you need to get very close to to see them well.

If you are a dedicated butterfly watcher, and you like to identify the butterflies that frequent you yard or garden, you will want to be able to get up close to them. Or perhaps you want children or guests to be able to get up close enough to see the butterflies clearly.

If the ground is soggy after rainstorm or after several days of rain, it can be hard, even dangerous for those who are unsteady on their feet, to walk on wet, slippery grass or mud to get close to butterflies at the edges of the yard. So what do you do?

The answer is to create sturdy, slightly raised paved paths through your garden. They can be beautiful, made with paving stone or faced with patio pavers, and enhance the look of your garden. And they can definitely enhance accessibility for you and others. Their feet will stay dry even if the grass is wet.

To create accessibility at night, enhance security and make your house look more attractive, you  may want to consider a landscape lighting installation, which can also raise the resale value of your home.

Tags: paved paths, patio pavers, landscape lighting, accessibility, Butterflies

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