Florida Yards &
Neighborhoods (FYN)
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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 your yard:

  • Provide food and shelter that is “vertically layered” by planting a variety of species, sizes and heights.

  • Provide a source of water, preferably running water.

  • 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 work.

A Few Butterfly Plants
     – Firebush
     – Cassia
     – Lantana
     – Pentas
     – Golden Dewdrop
     – Milkweed
     – Porterweed
     – Coral Honeysuckle
     – Any citrus


For further information on creating a wildlife-friendly yard, visit the Florida Wildlife Extension website at: www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/landscaping.

 
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