Wildlife needs a diverse array of mostly native plants to thrive.
If you nurture native plants present on your property and add a variety of new natives of different sizes you can’t go wrong. Adding plants that produce fruits, nuts and nectar at different times of the year is vital and will bring lots of birds and wildlife to your property. Adding plants not native to our counties but that grow in southern Maine can both add diverse food and shelter for wildlife and potentially make your landscape resilient for the future as conditions change. If you have a residential lawn, consider adding or keeping plants there other than traditional grass turf. You’ll find it is much more interesting and beautiful, and can be great habitat. If you don’t have other vertical layers such as shrubs, small trees and large trees, you can begin planting those types of plants. Layering is also more attractive than one level of vegetation.