Attracting wildlife to your yard can be fun and relaxing. You can plant specific flowers, bushes and trees that appeal to birds and butterflies in addition to providing food and shelter. Using sustainable gardening techniques also encourages wildlife appearances.

Wildlife seek areas for shelter from predators, inclement weather, and to raise offspring. Shrubs and plants offer cover for many birds and small animals. Birdhouses and nesting platforms also are a welcome addition for many varieties of birds. A water element (birdbath, pond, fountain) will also be a welcome addition for your feathered and furry friends.

If you want to encourage squirrels, rabbits and deer in the winter you can provide supplemental feeding options. But be aware that this can cause animals to change their natural movement patterns and increase the potential of road incidents.


As delightful as it is to watch wildlife, it can be equally aggravating when they eat your carefully planted flowers and bushes or leave calling cards in your lawn.

There are certain plants and flowers that are natural repellents to deer, rabbits and squirrels because of their aroma, taste or prickly growth. Here are just a few of the most popular varieties: Pines, Cedars, Hemlocks, Junipers, Willows, Lilacs, Hydrangeas, Ferns, Daffodils, Dusty Miller, Poppies, Zinnias and Sage.

If natural plantings don’t do the trick there are deer repellents like Liquid Fence that effectively discourage deer and rabbits, but are environmentally appropriate and pet friendly. You can also try motion sensor lights, wind chimes or a fence.