1 of 5 Three Sources of Food
Incorporate three sources of food to your garden, whether through plants or feeders. Possible food sources include seeds, berries, nectar, foliage or twigs, fruits, sap, pollen, suet, nuts as well as feeders for birds, squirrels, hummingbirds and butterflies.
2 of 5 One Source of Water
Next, be sure there is at least one source of water that wildlife can access. This can include natural sources such as lakes, streams, rivers, springs, seasonal pools and the ocean, or additions like birdbaths, butterfly puddles, rain gardens, water gardens or ponds.
3 of 5 Two Places for Cover
Next, make sure there are at least two places where animals and insects can seek cover and shelter. Some examples include wooded areas, bramble patches, ground cover, rock piles or walls, caves, roosting boxes, evergreens, brush or log piles, burrows, meadows, prairies, dense shrubs or ponds.
4 of 5 Two Places to Raise Young
Make sure there are at least two places where wildlife can raise young, such as mature trees, meadows or prairies, nesting boxes, insect hotels, wetlands, caves, burrows, dead trees, dense shrubs, water gardens, ponds or host plants for caterpillars.
5 of 5 Sustainable Practices
Lastly, incorporate sustainable gardening practices. You must employ at least one practice from two of these three categories.