Create a Native Plant Mailbox Habitat

black eyed susan

What is a Mailbox Habitat?

In a nutshell, it’s a fun way for anyone to use native plants to attract beneficial insects, birds, and butterflies to your yard! And if you’re curious about native plants, definitely check out this post.

Everybody has a mailbox. It’s one of the first things someone sees when they arrive at your house. And often, it’s what other people use to locate your house.

It’s common to put flower arrangements around your mailbox. This can add color, year round interest, and welcome guests to your home.

The Benefits of Mailbox Habitats

Our take is that incorporating native plants, just like the black eyed susans in the photo above, is an amazing way to integrate our native flora and fauna into our plans to beautify our homes.

We share our neighborhoods with the local wildlife, and if we do our part, we always will. Local flora and fauna bring an essential balance to our ecosystems and our neighborhoods, making them more beautiful and diverse. They fill critical roles such as removing pests, pollinating flowers, spreading seeds, creating rich soil, and just simply making life more beautiful each day.

Create Your Own Mailbox Habitat

To make it really easy for you to get started, I’m going to share some design plans with you from our friends at Grow Native! You can find a sample design plan here.

If you’d like some recommendations for zone specific plants in your region, please comment below! Alternatively, you can hire ATL NativeScapes to design (any location) and install (if you live in Atlanta) your very own mailbox habitat full of native plants.

If you decide to try building a habitat yourself, it’s really easy. Just do the following:

  • Google “native plants for (your city/state)”
    • Search or filter by sun, part sun, shade
  • Google “native plant nurseries (your city/state)”
    • Also try “native plant sales (your city/state)”
  • Google “buy (plant name) online”

And if you really want to have some fun, try starting with seeds! And get your other friends / family members involved. Most of all, enjoy the process, and know you’re making a positive impact in your neighborhood.

If you have any other questions, comments, or recommendations for our readers, share / ask below in the comments section.

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