Make your backyard a wildlife habitat - Home & Garden - Miami Herald.com
Just in case you missed it. Click on the link immediately above to read the February 16, 2013, Miami Herald Fairchild column that will improve the livability/enjoyability of your home oasis. Previous Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden columns in the Miami Herald have raised the issue that we can help rebuild our ecosystems with proper gardening.
The positive impact to your homes are numerous. More than simply aesthetic, properly adding shade can bring down your home cooling costs, make your back, side and front yards for liveable as well as actually increasing your property values.
Also see my prior Monday, April 2, 2012, post: 'A must read: Miami Herald’s "The wildlife is in the backyard".' Numerous photos are posted of what you can attract or maintain in your yards through proper planting.