Sustainable Landscaping for Wildlife Habitat

Home Improvement

Go Green with a Sustainable Landscaping for Wildlife Habitat

If it’s time to update your yard, consider creating a wildlife habitat as a way to help the environment and add value to your property. Pollinators such as bees and butterflies need our help as much as birds, bats and other small animals. In urban settings, one way we can help is to establish a wildlife habit through sustainable landscaping.

1Creating a wildlife habitat in your yard has several advantages. Focusing on sustainable landscaping with native and climate-friendly plants will not only attract a range of animals, but these types of yards tend to call for less care. Planting for where you live creates a natural, symbiotic relationship between your garden and the Cook County environment.

With more pollinators comes more fruit. If you have any fruit trees or a vegetable garden, you want bees and butterflies to help ensure a bountiful harvest. Providing plants with colorful blooms will attract these helpful insects.

Birds in a yard add an extra layer of happiness to any home. The songs of nesting birds nearby tell you that your yard is vibrant and healthy. Birds are attracted to different types of trees and shrubs, for both food and shelter. If you’re looking to plant some new trees, consider planting species which will attract some feathered friends such as hawthorn, holly and dogwood. 

2Having a wildlife habitat in your yard takes more than plants. It also includes providing good shelter and places for animals to rest. Bird houses offer additional nesting sites and bee boxes provide some protection from the rain. Butterflies love to bask in the morning sun, include some light-colored stones where the morning sun shines and the butterflies will come.

Wildlife habitat landscaping takes the entire space into consideration, it’s just as important to consider ground cover as it is to think about vertical spaces, how trees and plants will provide a variety of spaces for different animals. To learn more about what it takes to establish a haven for wildlife in your yard, check out the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This site has some wonderful in-depth information and resources to help you get started.

You can take your love of wildlife a step further through the National Wildlife Federation’s Certification Program. Certified or not, a wildlife habitat yard and garden is an excellent way to establish an environmentally friendly yard. With “green” home features being at the top of many a homebuyer’s wish lists, your wildlife habitat can also help attract potential buyers when it’s time to sell.

When you’re ready to sell or buy a home, you want to work with a Realtor® who understands the community and puts their experience to work for their clients. We’re ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website,, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.