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3 Simple Ways to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Jul 25, 2016 01:47PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

As seen in our article "Butterfly Gardening: Bring Beauty & Grace to Your Garden," attracting butterflies to your garden is a simple, yet calculated, project.

Here are 3 simple extra steps to take to attract butterflies to your garden. 

1. Don't Use Pesticides 

Using pesticides not only kills those pesky bugs you don't want eating your plants, but can also kill butterflies. Do your research, look up brands that are known to do this, talk with your community, and get educated on alternative ways to keep unwanted bugs away. 

2. Grow Native Plants

Not only is is better for local-area farmers and plants, but doing this is much better for the environment. Native plants will attract cross-pollinators that have evolved with the area.

Visit a local nursery, such as Calloway's Nursery, to find out what local plants would be best.

3. Make a "Spa"

Not in the typical sense, of course. But, they enjoy relaxing in the sun. So, filling your yard with flat, smooth rocks, tables, and chairs that have full sun exposure is a great way to attract more butterflies to kick back. They also love to spend time on damp sand or soil, where they can get their nutrients and drink water. 


Content courtesy of OneGreenPlanet.org, "7 Ways to Attract More Butterflies to Your Garden (and Save Them From Extinction)."

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