I also need to be sure there are sources of water, kept clean and shallow.
And I can still create a living landscape pleasing to the human eye...
So, what I am proposing is that we all become responsible landlords for the incredible wildlife just outside our own back doors. Bugs of all kinds, native frogs, toads, lizards and birds are all waiting for their neighborhood to open up for their use, and every one of can help.
Remember, don't be too neat! Leaf litter is broken down by arthropods into usable ingredients for plants to grow and be healthy.
Always provide several wide, shallow water sources. Clean out the containers and add fresh water every several days and mosquitoes will not be a problem.
Add as many native plants as you can, making sure to put the right plant in the right place based on size, light, and soil conditions.
And NEVER use pesticides!!!! Let there be life! When you have a landscape that is balanced and varied, where life is welcome, there is no need.
Man made fertilizers should also be off limits. When you use the right native plant for your soil conditions, all you need is mulch if that. Do NOT use any amendments. If there is a need for extra nutrients, start a compost pile/bin! Or, you can use worm castings, that's it!
Say NO to man made chemicals, and say YES to life!
Now, let's all work together and create livable, healthy landscapes all over the world.