Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife

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Creating backyard habitat to attract wildlife is what this book is all about. We yearn to get back to nature and to experience the sights and sounds of species other than our own. Watching hummingbirds flitter from flower to flower, chickadees and titmice snatch seeds from a feeder, and dazzling butterflies tilt lazily through the air as they scout for food is indeed satisfying to the soul. To observe such wonders, however, we need to entice the presence of the creatures that ...

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Overview

Creating backyard habitat to attract wildlife is what this book is all about. We yearn to get back to nature and to experience the sights and sounds of species other than our own. Watching hummingbirds flitter from flower to flower, chickadees and titmice snatch seeds from a feeder, and dazzling butterflies tilt lazily through the air as they scout for food is indeed satisfying to the soul. To observe such wonders, however, we need to entice the presence of the creatures that call these marvels into existence.

Expansive, well-manicured yards with only the occasional tall tree do not support a great diversity of wildlife. Multiple layers of vegetation and native grasses with varied spacing between patches provide the heterogeneity that different species of wildlife require, while bringing pleasure to the eye.

This book tells you how and what to plant to provide food and shelter for native wildlife. Most important, it does so by furnishing lists of plants appropriate to the specific region of Texas you live in. (Texas is a big state, and its plant and animal life changes considerably as you go north and south, or east and west.)

Beautiful color photographs of different kinds of gardens and the many kinds of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that can be attracted to them are generously displayed throughout the informative text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885696304
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 387
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Welcome to Wildscaping!
    • Chapter One: Creating a Wildscape
      • Why Wildscaping is Necessary
      • Benefits of Wildscaping
      • The Trouble with Lawns
      • Texas Wildscapes Backyard Habitat Certification Program
      • Related Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs
    • Chapter Two: The Ecological Regions of Texas
      • The Ten Ecoregions of Texas
    • Chapter Three: The Basics of Wildlife Habitat
      • Food
      • Cover
      • Water
    • Chapter Four: Designing Your Wildscape
      • Taking Inventory
      • Evaluating Current Use
      • Evaluating Future Needs
      • Designing for Function
      • Selecting Plants
      • Design Checklist
      • The Importance of Soil
      • Maintaining a Wildscape
    • Valuable Resources
  • Part Two: Gardening Tips for Texas Critters
    • Chapter Five: Birds
      • Creating a "Bird-friendly" Yard
    • Chapter Six: Common Texas Birds
    • Chapter Seven: Hummingbirds
      • Designing a Hummingbird Garden
      • Plants that Attract Hummingbirds
      • Hummingbird Feeders
    • Chapter Eight: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians
      • Mammals
      • Reptiles and Amphibians
      • Poisonous Texas Snakes
      • Amphibians
    • Chapter Nine: Insects & Spiders
      • Butterflies
    • Valuable Resources
  • Part Three: Garden Troubleshooting
    • Chapter Ten: Gate Crashers &Unwanted Guests
    • Chapter Eleven: Special Areas
      • Shady Areas
      • Wet Area Gardening
      • Dealing with Deer
    • Chapter Twelve: Watch Out for Exotics!
      • The Problem with Exotics
      • Common Exotic Plants to Avoid
      • Other Problem Plants
  • Part Four: Appendix
    • Bibliography
    • Glossary
    • Table A.1: Birds of Texas
    • Table A.2: Hummingbirds of Texas
    • Table A.3: Mammals of Texas
    • Table A.4: Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas
    • Table A.5: Native Plants of Texas
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