Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping in the Chesapeake Watershed – 85-page report

Learn how to grow native plants for wildlife and conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with this extensive, 85-page report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Covers benefits of using native plants, how to choose and purchase them, and which ones are best for specific purposes, such as coastal dunes, marshy areas, bog gardens, dry meadows, woodlands, slopes. Also includes plants for spring and fall color and deer resistant plants, with photos and plant descriptions. We love this resource! A great reference source for anyone who wants to incorporate more native plants into their yards.  Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Gardening for Butterflies

Discover how to attract more butterflies to your garden with this very useful article from Penn State Extension. Includes an overview on the life cycle of butterflies and their preferred habitats. Also includes lists of plants that are hosts to caterpillars and a list of nectar plants to support adults. Source: Penn State Extension

Monarch Butterfly in garden

Attracting Wildlife with Native Plants

A brief overview of the role native plants play in supporting wildlife. Also includes lists of native plants and their benefits to wildlife. Source: National Wildlife Federation


Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance

An easy-to-use, searchable database of plants, each on ranked by how frequently they’re damaged by deer, from “rarely damaged” to “frequently severely damaged.” Source: Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Attracting Wildlife

A quick-read article outlining practical steps homeowners can take to attract more birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife into the landscape. Source: University of Maryland Extension


Tips for Living with Wildlife in Chesterfield County, Virginia

Groundhogs, woodpeckers, moles, voles, deer, fox and even robins make the list of frequently asked questions and way homeowners and residential gardeners can manage unwanted encounters with wildlife.

Attracting wildlife in the garden


Managing Wildlife Problems: Moles

Learn about the habitat and behavior of moles and management approaches, such as using repellents to creating barriers or trappings, in the brief publication by Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Wildlife in the Home Pond Garden

Learn how to manage insects, birds, reptiles, pets, fish and wild mammals in the garden pond from this useful overview from Virginia Cooperative Extension. Includes a handy Home Garden Pont Pest Reference Chart outlining the pests, potential damage and suggested control measures for homeowners.