Backyard Makeovers

Carl Grimm from METRO shows us how to makeover our backyards to attract wildlife all winter long.  Visit the METRO website for more information.

Extreme Backyard Makeover: You can do your own backyard makeover to give beautiful birds and other wonderful wildlife a chance this winter. Replace some lawn with border beds: Replacing some of your lawn with border beds makes your yard more attractive to wildlife.  It also means less mowing and fussing over the lawn.

Native plants are well adapted to our climate and provide birds berries for food and evergreen leaves for vital winter protection.

  • Mountain hemlock
  • Red Twig Dogwood
  • Red Flowering currant
  • Snowberry

Where’s Rufous? Natural gardens attract beautiful birds you can look out and listen for. Roufous may be in Costa Rica for the winter, but Anna’s hummingbirds are likely around eating little bugs and tree sap in your yard.

Visit Metro’s demonstration gardens this fall to gather more ideas for inviting wildlife into your yard. Metro’s Natural Techniques Demonstration Garden: Open for self-guided visits daily, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April through October. Staffed Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for free natural gardening advice. Located at 6800 SE 57th Avenue, Portland

Metro’s Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden: Open for self-guided visits daily, 8 a.m. to sunset. Admission to the garden is free. Park entry: free if you walk or bike, $4 for cars, $7 for buses. Located at Blue Lake Regional Park, 21160 NE Blue Lake Road, Fairview, next to the water-spray ground.

New Backyard Makeover exhibit at the Oregon Zoo: Free with Zoo admission, Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grounds open till 5 p.m.

For more information, call 503-234-3000





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