Florida Yards &
FYN Principle #5 - Attract Wildlife
It has become increasingly important for each of us to provide wildlife habitat
within our own yards as more and more open space in Florida is developed for
residential and commercial purposes. To increase and enhance wildlife habitat in
Provide food and shelter that is “vertically
layered” by planting a variety of species, sizes and heights.
Provide a source of water, preferably running
Reduce pesticide use. When using a pesticide is
absolutely necessary, start with the least toxic chemical, such as horticultural
oil or insecticidal soap.
Reduce the range of your pets; do not allow pets
to roam unsupervised.
Use native plants that bear seed, fruit, foliage
or flowers that attract wildlife.
Butterfly gardens and water features are a
beautiful addition to any landscape and a great example of the FYN principles at
A Few Butterfly Plants
– Golden Dewdrop
– Coral Honeysuckle
– Any citrus
For further information on creating a wildlife-friendly yard, visit the Florida
Wildlife Extension website at: