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Gretchen Asked

I would like to know what type of shrubs and trees to plant to help feed wildlife, especially turkeys, and at the same time, provide some privacy for myself. Also where could I purchase these and blueberry and grapes for an arbor?

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The Gardener’s Answer

Planting edibles will certainly help to attract wildlife. Berries, others fruits, and nuts are all good options. All plants that produce food are most productive if they’re provided the proper environment in which they need to thrive. Hopefully your property receives plenty of direct sunlight as blueberries, grapes, and other food options require full sun.

Soil that drains well and is rich with nutrients is also essential. If you have not had the soil tested, make this your next step. Contact the Fleming County Cooperative Extension Service at (606) 845-4641 for instructions on having your soil tested. Adjusting the pH and nutrient levels may be necessary, especially in the case of blueberries that require acidic soil.

As far as planting for privacy, you may want to incorporate some larger evergreens such as juniper or pine that the animals are not interested in eating.

For detailed information on growing berries, fruit and nut trees in Kentucky, click here and here.

You can always seek the advice of a landscape designer if this all seems overwhelming. Visit your local garden centers and nurseries to see their selections and be certain to purchase disease resistant varieties. Seasonal plantings of edible greens are an enticing option for wildlife, too.

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