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Welcome Wildlife into Your Yard with this Easy DIY

Some homeowners use all of their energy to repel deer and squirrels from their yard or garden because of the trouble they can sometimes cause. However, others wish to encourage deer to hang out in their yard for viewing purposes.  Here is an easy way to welcome wildlife into your yard with this easy DIY feeder and 3 benefits when you welcome wildlife into your yard.

There are many benefits to welcoming deer and other wildlife into your yard.   Here are several for you to consider.

1. From the soil to the weather, plants that are native to your area do more than tolerate the conditions here they often make a welcoming environment for local wildlife including deer.  Since they are naturally inclined to the climate and soil in which they are planted, they can grow vigorously and fight off most disease organisms and fungal pathogens. This means that homeowners don’t have to spend time and energy spraying them with fertilizers, insecticides or fungicides. In order to live chemical free, native plants are the way to go.

2. Your nightlife will sparkle. Keep an unmowed patch or add native grasses as you convert your landscape, and you may be rewarded with a magical light show. Natural grassy habitats are a favorite hangout of fireflies and other insects such as grasshoppers, an important food source for birds and small mammals. But their life cycles are often thwarted by mowing and chemicals.  It will also provide ideal cover for sleeping deer.

3. Most importantly, intuitively we knew that nature was good for us, now there is scientific proof.  The study was conducted by the University of Derby and The Wildlife Trusts. The study showed that there was a scientifically significant increase in people’s health, happiness, connection to nature and active nature behaviors, such as feeding the birds and planting flowers for bees and watching deer, not just throughout the study, but sustained for months after the study had been completed.

Want an easy feeder to make that will not only feed the deer but also the squirrels in your yard?  Give this a try:

Corn Cob Feeder

Use dried corn to create a corn cob feeder. Corn is a favorite squirrel food and is readily available at grocery and gardening stores. You can create a simple squirrel feeder by using corn cob and twine. Tie one end of the twine to the dried corn cob. Hang this corn cob feeder to a tree by wrapping and tying the twine around a branch. Hang several of these corn cob feeders for an appealing garden display and an attractive feeder.  Hanging some lower than others gives the deer a chance to eat too!


Simple Corn Cob Feeder

Dried Corn Cob


  • Tie one end of the twine to the dried corn cob.
  • Hang from a tree branch at various heights to feed deer and squirrels.
  • Observe and enjoy!

Balancing Corn Cob Squirrel Feeder

4 dried corn cobs
2 sticks (gathered from your yard)


  • Using twine, tie a dried corn cob on to both ends of a stick. Repeat with the second stick and pair of corn cobs.
  • Find the balancing point for each stick. This is the point on the stick where the two corn cobs hang evenly on either side.
  • Cross the two sticks at their balancing points so that you form an “X” with a piece of corn hanging from each end. Secure them in place by wrapping twine several times around the meeting point of the sticks.
  • Using a longer piece of twine, hang the corn cob feeder from a tree branch. Tie one end of the twine to the center of the feeder and the other end to a tree.
  • Observe and enjoy!