Turn Your Yard Into A Home for Wildlife

Jun 26

Landscaping Companies in ZionsvilleDo you enjoy spending time outdoors hiking at state parks, birdwatching, and happening upon wildlife? Many people enjoy observing nature and wildlife. Generally, you have to leave the city to see a lot of wildlife because animals have been pushed out of the cities as their homes are destroyed by infrastructure and residential neighborhoods. However, it is possible to make your backyard a place where wildlife like to live and visit. This is not only fun for you, but it provides a good place for wildlife such as birds, squirrels and deer to live and feed.

To turn your yard into a home for wildlife, you may want to consult with a landscaping company. Landscaping companies in Zionsville, Indianapolis, Carmel, and other surrounding areas will be able to help you develop a plan for creating a landscape in your backyard that attracts wildlife. They can recommend right trees and other plants for your yard that will attract the area’s wildlife.

A good backyard forest garden for wildlife will include trees, shrubs, and ground covers such as grass. Depending on the plants you choose, you may be able to benefit from the plants as well. For example, by planting fruit trees or berries, you will have produce to harvest for yourself as well as to share with the wildlife who make your backyard their home. This way, the backyard forest garden is mutually beneficial for yourself and the local animals.

Are you ready to get started? If you would like to know more about the potential plants you will need to plant and how to attract certain animals, contact your local landscaping company or start doing some Google research. Remember that it doesn’t have to be the perfect backyard garden from the start. It is okay to start with just a few plants and add to them as you learn about new plants and see what grows well in your yard.

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Hiking Through Mounds State Park

Jun 04


Mounds State Park, located in Anderson, is a truly unique park that sets itself apart from the rest of the state parks of Indiana by having actual mounds that local Indians made back in the day. When you first arrive at Mounds you take a long road running the front of the local park and really setting the mood for the wooded wonderland that awaits you when arrive. You will have to stop at a small wooded park attendant station and pay $7 or just show your Indiana State park pass to get into the park. This is the only thing that will cost you while you are at the park, unless you choose to do some camping at the Anderson parks campground. Once you are into the local park you can either stop right away at the park welcome center or you can take a trip farther back into the park. There you will find a swimming pool that will keep the small ones entertained if you feel like not paying any attention to them throughout your day at the park. If you do actually feel like being a parent and being attentive to your children, boy oh boy are there trails in this place. In fact the outer trail of the park is a whopping 3.75 miles around. What a hike! It has its up and and its downs, and there are local touches here and there that really let you know the terrain of Indiana varies. There are hundred foot embankments overlooking the White River that runs through Anderson, and beautiful Indiana conifers providing plenty of shelter for local wildlife such as squirrels and rabbits and deer, oh my! You won’t find much in the way of wolves or bears in this area of Indiana, because come one guys, who finds bears in Indiana, crazy people, that’s who.

Let’s move on to the beautiful campground that this Indiana park has to offer. With somewhere in the neighborhood of around 45 campsites there are definitely some places to camp at this park. Did you know that children who hate camping at local parks usually grow up to be annoying brats? So make sure you keep your kids at your local park until they can’t stand not being there. Anderson’s Mounds State Park is definitely one whose campground will make your kids love it there. With a great playground at the park, there is a lot for your kids to do as well. There are restrooms and showers at the park if you happen to need to use those facilities while you are visiting. Most of the campsites have electricity for those of you who happen to have things like boomboxes or motorized camping mobiles. There is a small camp store located at the base of the campground that has a rather foxy young lady who runs it in the evenings on the weekends. There you can buy a newspaper, get some snacks, pick up some firewood, just shoot the breeze and feel the local hospitality that they have to offer.

Mounds State Park is a great way to spend a weekend, or even an afternoon if that’s really all the time you have available because you have a job, and a house you have to maintain, and a yard you have to mow, and a garden you want to plant. So spend however much time your really have available there, because that’s really all anyone can do.

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All That Nature Has to Offer

May 14

In this section I just want to really cover all the things that nature has to offer, sometimes we forget things like sheet paper, come from nature. In fact did you know, the majority of the wood that was used to build the house you’re in now, came from nature? That’s right! A lot of that wood came from Indiana and has been purposed to create some of the world’s best crown mold profiles, custom stairs and more!  The trees in Indiana are great for building things like houses and sheds, even barns! Noblesville Indiana is a great place to see these beautiful trees due to the fact that there is so much visible nature there, and it’s not very developed. One of the most crazy things I had ever heard was that a house or car could be powered by the sun. However, upon further investigation, it is true! You must make some crazy conversions, but so what?! The sun can power your house people! Why pay a local company for electricity when you can let the SUN give it to you?! Guess what else i discovered while I was looking into this whole thing, that WIND CAN POWER YOUR HOUSE TOO! This here nature is crazy and it has so much that it can offer us.

The locally raised beef in Anderson Indiana is considered some of the finest in the midwest area. So keep your eyes peeled when you’re out country cruising and get some of that grass fed local beef that’s for sale. With the rate that beef prices have been rising lately, it is important to remember to help support the local farmers that have been breeding their animals in the eastern Indiana area for years. There is even a new demand for goats raised in this area due to how friendly they are known to be. Which seems odd to me because goats are usually friendly and not mean unless you take down to them. However, i guess these Indiana goats are even more over the top friendly. So that’s alright with me. Well that was a bit of a rant and I guess that was off topic, but we shall get back on now.

The produce you buy from your local grocery store, did you know that it came from nature?! Somebody had to plant it into the ground and take it out of the ground in order for you to be able to buy it and eat it. It had to sit in the sun for days, and take in rain for water to help it grow. It takes weeks and months and days to grow, but once it does, you can eat it! It can provide you with the nutrients you need to become big and strong! You can even grow things locally in your own back yard and then pick them yourself and eat them and know what went into making them what they are. How crazy is that?! So do yourself a favor and thank nature when you’re outside today, and tomorrow, and the next day. Do not take nature for granted and make sure you take care of that mother.

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Biking Through Indiana Parks

Apr 07

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The trails of Indiana parks really do appeal to mountain bike enthusiasts, or as I like to refer to them, psychotics. So the appeal of mountain bikes has now been shifted to thrill you get while taking a misstep and tumbling down a hill. What a rush. So “mountain biking” from here on out will just refer to me and Sedona walking trails together and me trying to stop her from always chasing after local wildlife. Last Sunday I was thinking to myself, “let’s sum up all of our mountain biking adventures throughout Indiana together Sedona.” I guess I was more talking aloud to my dog than I was actually thinking to myself, but these are all technicalities lately. Once while Sedona and I were “mountain biking” through the trails of Pokagon state park in Richmond Indiana we saw roughly 12 gray squirrels. It was quite a rush! There they also have a wonderful toboggan sled that they keep covered in ice all winter long to ensure that you can reach speeds in excess of 55 kmph. whoa! What a rush!

In the time of your writing this I have visited somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 state parks in Indiana. I have found every one of them to be very fun and extremely exhilarating when enjoyed with my pal Sedona. In a small park in Pendleton Indiana called Falls park you will find some very fun trails that follow a few winding creeks and even some tunnels running underneath railroad tracks. A very fun way to spend an afternoon is just watching the trains go back and following the trails throughout the wilderness. There is also a few breathtaking views a of a sea foam green bridge that you must know are picture worthy. Just breathtaking. There is also a disc golf course located along the trails of this park. I hear that game is very popular with the younger generation of freethinkers and disc throwers. There are some beautiful waterfalls located at this park which is where it gets its name. These are some of the best waterfalls you will find in the eastern Indiana area that are completely viewable from a car, if you really don’t feel like getting out into the outdoors and deal with all the insects and the sun and that whole thing.

White river state park is located near Avon Indiana and it is quite a nice park if you are looking to have a family reunion or take your kids to a large swimming pool with a security system. There are also lifeguards on duty so you can rest assured that you don’t need to pay that much attention to your kids. They have several picnic benches and areas for charcoal grills to be used by families of all sizes. There is also a very nice play set there where all of the children can get together and just run amuck however they feel. Once you get them there you can just listen for their screams and make sure they’re misbehaving like usual. The local kids always make their way over there too so there’s always someone to keep them company if Jack Daniel is keeping you company during the afternoon.

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