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Wildlife in your back yard

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Want to attract more birds and butterflies to your blooms?

Ironton in Bloom is hosting a seminar called "Landscaping for Wildlife: Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard," at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Bowman Auditorium of the Collins building at Ohio University Southern, 1814 Liberty Ave., Ironton.

The seminar will be led by Marne Titchenell, Ohio State University Extension Wildlife Program manager.

"The addition of wildlife to any landscape makes it come to life, and is more entertaining and attractive than a sterile flowerbed with no birds or butterflies," Carol Allen, co-director of Ironton In Bloom Inc, said in a news release.

"It doesn't matter if you have only an apartment balcony or a 10-acre yard, you can easily develop a garden that can help you attract wildlife and help restore habitat in both residential and commercial areas. At a minimum, all you need is to include elements in your landscape to provide food, water, create cover, and give a place for wildlife to raise their young."

Some strategies include leaving up your dead flowers through the winter to create cover for animals; developing a pollinator garden to attract butterflies and bees; removing invasive plants from your landscaping, and so on.

The seminar is free, and the public is welcome.

For more information, email Allen at irontoninbloom@zoominternet.net.