The Benefits of Swallows & Bats
Interested in natural insect control? In this four-minute video, former Snohomish Conservation District Farm Planner, Alan Shank, talks about the benefits of violet-green swallows, barn swallows and bats and how to attract them to your horse property. Click on the video to the left to play or click the watch now button below.
Horses for Native Plants
Native plants provide many benefits to horse properties, in addition to beautification and enhancement of wildlife habitat. Learn tips on finding and using native plants in this article by Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water.
Go Native with Hedgerows and Buffers on Horse Properties:
Have you ever considered creating a hedge as a visual screen or alternative to fencing? Gather ideas for how to use native plants to benefit your property as well as enhance wildlife habitat. This article by Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water also lists native plants suitable for a variety of uses around the horse farm, including where horses might occasionally nibble them (but double check with your veterinarian before planting).
Horses for Rain Gardens in Puget Sound
Rain gardens aren't just for urban properties; they can help you manage runoff, and therefore mud, around your barns and outbuildings. Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water describes how a rain garden functions on a horse property and lists resources to get started.