Although the garden may be the place you go to escape the chatter of normal life, you’re not the only one enjoying it. Earthworms wriggle below, wrens flit above, squirrels scamper in the trees, and butterflies waft from bloom to bloom. Every choice you make—to plant something native, or not, to use chemical fertilizers, or not—gets registered by the area’s local wildlife. Constantly on the lookout for food, shelter, and appropriate nesting habitat, they’re always watching and experiencing the repercussions of your actions.
Here are five things you can do to support local wildlife through your gardening habits.
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