Landscaping for Wildlife

Information on landscaping for wildlife, including the importance of home gardening, attracting beneficial insects, gardening for birds, natural landscaping and preventing deer damage. Tips on poisonous plants, rain gardens and bird feeder lessons.

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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III, Texas A&M Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Yellow Garden Spider - Articles Articles

Yellow Garden Spider

Steve Jacobs

Yellow garden spiders are seen in gardens, tall weeds, and sunny areas with bushes and other supporting structures on which they build their large orb webs. More
For the Birds-Family Friendly
For the Birds-Family Friendly - Workshops Workshops

For the Birds-Family Friendly

02/02/2019

Chambersburg, PA

$15.00
Learn easy, homemade ways of attracting birds to your backyard! More
Attracting Winter Birds
Attracting Winter Birds - Workshops Workshops

Attracting Winter Birds

01/12/2019

Springfield, PA

$10.00
Learn how to invite and care for winter birds to your outdoor space. More
Photo credit: Debby Luquette
Fall-Migrating Monarchs - Articles Articles

Fall-Migrating Monarchs

Debby Luquette

The monarch butterfly is known for its long migration journey to Mexico. You can help support monarch populations by adding host plants and nectar sources to your garden. More
Lacewings are close relatives of dobsonflies and fishflies, all found within the insect order Neuroptera, also known as the net-winged insects. Photo: Amy Korman, Penn State
Promoting Beneficial Insects in the Landscape: Lacewings - Articles Articles
Lacewings get their name from the intricate net-like arrangement of veins on their wings. With the arrival of spring, lacewings are much more active in our landscapes. More
Laura Jackson, Penn State Master Gardener Volunteer / Jacksons Journeys Photography
Backyard Native Plants: Water Landscaping for Wildlife - Workshops Workshops
Join us for Water Landscaping for Wildlife and learn how to make your yard a healthy habitat. More
Laura Jackson, Penn State Master Gardener Volunteer / Jacksons Journeys Photography
Backyard Native Plants: Bird Friendly Backyard - Workshops Workshops
Join us for Bird Friendly Backyard and learn how to make your yard a healthy habitat. More
Father's Day Bird Feeder Children's Workshop
Father's Day Bird Feeder Children's Workshop - Workshops Workshops
At this kids will make and take home a hand-crafted bird feeder to give to Dad. With the help of Penn State Master Gardeners, you will build your own bird feeder, learn about different bird species, and make a special card for Dad. More
Burnside Plantation Series: Creating a Monarch Way Station Adult Workshop
Burnside Plantation Series: Creating a Monarch Way Station Adult Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Join the Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners at Burnside Plantation's Pollinator Garden for a free workshop. More
Ruby-throated hummingbird at a cardinal flower at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Bill Buchanan/USFWS. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Burnside Plantation Series: Create a Hummingbird Haven Adult Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Join the Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners at Burnside Plantation's Pollinator Garden for a free workshop. More
Cardinal Flower
Gardening for Birds - News News

Gardening for Birds

05/03/2017

Birds can be found everywhere – parks, lakes, forests, cities, even your own backyard; however, birds are finding our homes less and less appealing. More
Spiders Commonly Encountered In Pennsylvania and the Northeast
Spiders Commonly Encountered In Pennsylvania and the Northeast - Articles Articles
Spiders are beneficial animals that feed on arthropods, including insects. Spiders rarely bite people, and most species found in the world are harmless. More
Bird Feeder Composite
Bird Feeder Lessons - News News

Bird Feeder Lessons

03/06/2017

I decided to attract birds to my yard using bird feeders. I tried different feeder styles, food, and locations. Some worked well and some, well, didn’t work. More
Rain Gardens
Rain Gardens - Videos Videos

Rain Gardens

Tim Abbey, Constance Schmotzer

7:37

Learn about how to manage precipitation run-off and add to the aesthetic environment by building a suburban rain garden. More
Chickadees need more than 5000 caterpillars to feed one clutch
The Importance of Home Gardens - News News

The Importance of Home Gardens

01/28/2017

Today suburban landscapes are becoming the lifelines for plants and animals that have lost their native habitat to development. Wildlife is forced to depend upon our human-dominated landscapes for their continued survival. More
Scolia dubia on goldenrod / David Hill / platycryptus on flickr.com/CC BY 4.0
Blue winged wasp, Scolia dubia—is a real asset! - Articles Articles
Have you seen this wasp flying over the landscape about 12” above the ground, circling in a mass of its fellow wasps? More
Echinacea Diseases
Echinacea Diseases - Articles Articles

Echinacea Diseases

Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D.

Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Echinacea diseases. More
Goldenrod (Solidago) Diseases
Goldenrod (Solidago) Diseases - Articles Articles

Goldenrod (Solidago) Diseases

Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D.

Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Goldenrod (Solidago) diseases. More
Spring Plants that are Poisonous to Horses, Dogs and Barn Cats
Spring Plants that are Poisonous to Horses, Dogs and Barn Cats - Articles Articles
Many ornamental plants can be harmful to horses, dogs and barn cats. More
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum): Perennial Photo, Sandy Feather
Landscaping to Attract and Conserve Beneficial Insects - Articles Articles
Beneficial insects are those that consume or parasitize insect pests. More
Wheel bug nymphs
Attracting Beneficial Insects - Articles Articles
There are numerous insects that can be considered “beneficial.” More
Chicory
Neighborly Natural Landscaping in Residential Areas - Articles Articles

Neighborly Natural Landscaping in Residential Areas

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Homeowners across America are changing the face of the typical American lawn. Learn strategies for the natural landscape homeowner who is looking for neighborly ways to garden for nature. More
Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options
Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options - Articles Articles

Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Rick Bates, Ph.D., Gary San Julian, Ph.D.

There is much frustration toward the prevalence of deer and the damage they cause. More