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Melinda's Garden Moments: Attracting wildlife to your garden

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's not just humans who love to spend their time in the garden; if you plant it they will come. Whether you have a large yard or garden in a pot you can attract wildlife to your garden.

Start by providing food.  Include nectar producing flowers like phlox the butterflies and hummingbirds love, and plants that produce berries or seeds for the birds to enjoy.

Evergreens, thickets and birdhouses provide beauty for us and wildlife with shelter from predators and the weather. Include trees, shrubs, perennials, water or nesting boxes for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and other wildlife to raise their young.

Then skip the pesticides and go green. Consider joining thousands of others and register your yard with the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

Check out Melinda Myers' website for more gardening tips.
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