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How to Keep a Healthy Ecosystem in Your Backyard

Ecosystems are a complex interaction between organisms and the physical environment. When healthy, the components within the ecosystem work in a natural harmony with one another, resulting in an environment where life can thrive. While much of the natural ecosystem is disrupted by human activity, you can preserve a natural, healthy ecosystem in your backyard.  Grow Native Plants Plants that are native to your area have evolved to suit the climate. As such, they are uniquely capable of thriving in your backyard when compared to other plant life. They also help support a healthy ecosystem by attracting insects and animal life that rely on those plants for food, shelter, or other needs. Native plants tend to be hardier and more...

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8 Fun Features Your Backyard Needs

The backyard is the perfect place for you to create your own little haven. Feel free to get a little creative. Don’t just settle for what you are given. Improving your backyard can make the space more usable for parties and other events. It can even help you be a little bit more self-sufficient. A Stream Creating a stream in your backyard can be a sweaty endeavor. Fortunately, the concept is not overly difficult. For the water to flow, you will need to have a gentle slope. If your stream runs through a level section, the resulting stagnant water could be a perfect growing place for algae and mosquitoes. The first step is to dig a trench from the top...

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How to Protect Your Garden From Common Threats

Gardens are wonderful things. They can provide food and beauty, making them both practical and enjoyable. Gardens need a lot of care to be healthy and vibrant though. There are some common threats they can fall prey to, so it's important that you take steps to protect your garden from them. Weeds Any plant that is growing where you don't want it is technically a weed and can hurt your garden. Unfortunately, invasive plants and weeds tend to be quite hardy and difficult to get rid of. Weeds pull water and nutrients from the soil and prevent the plants you want to grow from using those resources themselves. If they grow too densely and too tall they may prevent your...

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How You Can Attract Honey Bees to Your Garden

Honey bees make up the greatest number of the world's pollinators, making them essential to the continuation of life as we know it today. The work they do pollinating plants promotes the growth of much of our food. On a smaller scale, they can do great things for your own garden too. But how do you attract them to your garden? Plant the Right Flowers Some flowers attract bees better than others. Honey bees prefer flowers with yellow, white, purple, blue, and violet petals, as they see these colors quite well. To appeal to a wider variety of bees, plant flowers of different sizes and shapes. Bees themselves don't come in only one size, so having multiple options can help...

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