Critters in Lawns versus Native Landscapes

Critters in Lawns versus Native Landscapes

As I mentioned in my blog on replacing our lawn with native and drought-tolerant plants our landscaping now offers a home for a variety of butterflies, birds, lizards and insects.

What took over our dead lawn soon within weeks after planting?

  • An Anna’s hummingbird claimed the new landscape soon after we planted
  • One pair of California towhees immediately started working the ground, mining the pillbugs that have multiplied under the mulch (as well as attacking the mirrors on our vehicles parked nearby, the male I assume…)
  •  Others include numerous ladybugs that eat the aphids, an assortment of butterflies, and yes, plenty of bees.  [Read more…]