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Irrigating Your Butterfly Garden

Whether your butterfly garden comprises acres or just a few potted plants on a balcony, you will have to make sure it is properly watered to keep it flowering to attract butterflies. A hose or watering can will take care of a balcony or patio garden, but what about a full-size lawn?

There are so many reasons to irrigate your garden or  yard. Hand watering is hit or miss, and sometimes you may get busy and forget. Being out of town during warm, dry weather can be a real problem, too.

The best answer for a large area is usually a drip irrigation system. It keeps from wasting water, and it can easily be automated to keep your plants healthy even when you are not home to water them.

Drip irrigation is especially good in a windy area or at the edge of your property, where water from a lawn sprinkler might be blown onto the neighbor’s yard instead, and not do your plants any good. It is also good if you or your family members spend a lot of time in your yard both days and evenings and do not want to get sprayed when the sprinklers come on.

You may prefer lawn sprinklers, or you may want to combine them with a drip irrigation system for several reasons. For one thing, in a very dusty area, lawn sprinklers wash dust off the plants, allowing them to absorb more light and oxygen, so they look and grow better. Also, some pests, such as red spider, are discouraged by thorough drenching by sprinklers.

Whatever system you have, or whatever you decide to install, you can easily find all the irrigation supplies you need on line. That way you can have them delivered to your door instead of running all over town trying to find them.

Ordering on line leaves more time for enjoying your butterfly garden and working on your irrigation system—or watching someone else work on it. And more time for watching butterflies, which is always a good thing.

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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.

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