Fall Butterfly Garden Tips
The fall months are finally here, it is so amazing how time flies and before we can blink an eye winter will be here also with its chilly freezing months.
As the cold weather approaches butterflies like other wildlife will be looking for a place to overwinter because this is very crucial during this time of the year to ensure their survival.
Some places these garden beauties over winter include the soil or leaf litter at the pupa or larva stage, as adults hiding in tree bark, man-made structures, or the crevices of rocks.
To help butterflies prepare for this time of the year (fall) here are some helpful tips that have proven to be beneficial.
Constructing a Butterfly Habitat
Limite your fall garden cleanup
Limiting your fall garden cleanup is a great way to encourage the presence of butterflies. The larva and pupa stage of butterflies loves to overwinter in leaf litter, so limit the amount of life litter to be removed or what you can do is designate a part of your garden that’s out of view to add leaf litter this way you can still have your fall cleanup while providing a natural habitat for butterflies.
A great food source for butterflies is fruits, when removing fallen fruits allow some to remain for butterflies to enjoy. Some fruits can also remain on the trees this act will help butterflies to prepare as the harsh winter months approaches.
Grow plants that flowers in the fall
Another great way to assist is by growing flowers that blossoms in the fall, below are a few of many fall flowering plants.
One of the things that we look at from the start is that butterflies love the crevices of rocks, so if your garden has a rock pile this is a great place to overwinter butterflies or you can add a rock pile to your garden for this purpose.
The use of insecticides during fall cleanup can have a negative impact on butterfly so avoid using because remember the goal is in helping to preserve them.
Growing plants in groups
When installing plants in your fall garden install in groups, this method will help your butterflies take advantage of their food source.
Plants too install in your fall garden for butterflies
The final word on fall butterfly garden tips
The winter months can be pretty harsh as wildlife seeks refuge to overwinter, let’s give them a hand as we turn our backyard gardens into a natural habitat so butterflies can have a place to rest as they prepare for the coming spring filling our gardens with much activity as we give a helping hand in assisting the next generation bringing balance to our ecosystem.