Planting a butterfly garden has many rewards. Chief among them, of course, are visitations by these extravagantly beautiful fluttering insects that all of us, from children and upwards, delight in. But there's also the enjoyment you'll feel at creating an attractively landscaped garden with interesting plants and eye-catching colors and foliage.
Perhaps the biggest reward, however, is that you'll be helping butterflies in the area of Nassau county homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale by way of countering some of the hardships that are besetting these fascinating insects nationwide: principally, loss of habitat.
Before launching your butterfly garden, visit some local nurseries and talk to a staff member knowledgeable in local butterflies and their needs. You might also go to a local public butterfly garden such as Floral Park Centennial Garden, where an expert can advise you on local plants for your garden.
When you visit a nursery, you'll see a wide variety of plants labeled "butterfly attractor" or "butterfly plant." Many of these plants, such as members of the Buddleia genus, are great butterfly-attracting plants. The problem with some of them is that they are non-native and have become invasive since being introduced to the United States. So if at all possible, concentrate on acquiring native plants. These are plants that butterflies from this region evolved with and find most nourishing.
Then, there's the matter of choosing pollen-bearing plants for energy and planting other species for caterpillar food. Flowers are, of course, the main source of nectar, which helps migratory butterflies such as monarchs make their way to warmer climates in the winter. But the flowering nectar plants will be different from the plants you plant for caterpillar food. The latter are plants that will attract the butterfly when seeking to lay eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the caterpillars eat the leaves, then turn into a chrysalis and, eventually, a butterfly. Both types of plants are recommended for creating a well-balanced butterfly garden.
Of course, the plants you choose will also depend on the conditions in your yard. Choose a sunny, open spot (dappled shade in part of the garden is OK) for best results. Among the plants you might try:
A word about milkweed: there are several milkweed species, but it's best if you plant those native to our area. Milkweed is an important plant for migratory monarch butterflies in particular, whose decline has been partially attributed to destruction of milkweed in fields and due to development.
Some non-native plants that are butterfly attractors and do well in our area are alyssum, lantana, petunias, and zinnias.
You can plant such herbs as parsley and dill and fennel and sage for caterpillar food.
Vary your plantings, including annuals and perennials, as well as bushes, shrubs, and vines. Butterflies and caterpillars need protection from predators, such as birds. Yes, we love birds, but they do eat insects, so give your butterflies a break by planting your garden near a bush or tree where they can shelter. A shallow pan with damp gravel or rocks will be helpful to provide moisture and minerals.
We can all use a little help staying in shape when the holidays roll around. It's hard to motivate yourself to go for a run when it's cold outside, and who can turn down all that stuffing and pumpkin pie? Our REALTORS® understand the struggle.
Luckily, the holiday season also brings plenty of opportunities to hit the pavement on Long Island. Check out these fun 5K runs and walks in Nassau and Suffolk Counties this season! They all offer an opportunity to stay active and support a worthy cause.
Looking for more information on life on Long Island? Contact us today, and be sure to ask our agents about finding your dream home in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Finding a new home is always a difficult proposition, not just for the home itself but for the neighborhood. There are plenty of Nassau County homes for sale, but when you move in, will you be able to go horseback riding regularly, like you used to? Don't worry. Here are just a few amazing horseback riding trails and facilities in and around Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the Long Island area.
Whether you're looking for Nassau or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can provide you with just what you need, with great options for horseback riding and other activities, right at your fingertips. Contact us to find a home that's right for you.
Are you a nature lover or a photography buff? If so, you're going to love exploring the Long Island area! Nature Photography Day is June 15th, making now the perfect time to experiment with this fun hobby. Whether you've got a ton of fancy equipment or just your smartphone, there are plenty of opportunities to get some great shots.
While showing new residents around the area, Our REALTORS® often point out some of their favorite places to capture incredible nature photos. Here are a few you'll want to check out.
If you're interested in exploring Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we're here to help! We've assisted many clients in finding their dream homes, and we can do the same for you. Contact us today to get started.
When you live in an area, having a deep understanding of its geography will help you navigate it and acquire a profound appreciation for its culture and history. Map Reading Week is the perfect opportunity to explore your community, so get out your print maps May 24th and refresh your map-reading skills.
As you get to discover the gorgeous properties and the rich history of Long Island, here are some places our REALTORS® have compiled that are definitely worth a stop.
A short getaway to experience nature can help you feel refreshed while also allowing you to get in a bit of exercise along the way. Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island have several spots that serve as an oasis where you can get away in gardens and nature preserves that are conveniently close by.
Our REALTORS® suggest visiting the following destinations to help you enjoy the great outdoors in Long Island.
There's nothing quite like Long Island in Autumn. Cool breezes off the sound, apple orchards ripe for the picking, spectacular foliage—it's really something. Our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorite spots to catch the changing leaves on Long Island.
Peak foliage usually arrives on Long Island toward the end of October, and watching as the colors gradually transform over the next month is one of the great joys of the year. Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your dream home on Long Island today!
When most people envision New York City's iconic places, many of Manhattan's landmarks come to mind, but there are so many other wonderful sites just across the East River. If you love New York then our REALTORS® believe you'll love visiting these historical sites on Long Island.
Would you like to call Long Island home? We can help. Contact us today.
August is National Golf Month, and if you're anything like the rest of us, then you've probably been itching to get out and hit the links all summer. Well, it's finally time.
Golf is a fun way to enjoy some time in the great outdoors while still maintaining social distancing. Our REALTORS® are excited to enjoy National Golf Month to its fullest, so we thought we'd share some of our favorite places to tee up around Long Island!
Whether you're looking to enjoy a round of golf, or you're just ready to finally get outside and enjoy the fresh air, Long Island is a great place to be. Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your Long Island dream home.
One great way to enjoy the outdoors around Long Island is to seek out the local bike trails. Our REALTORS® have several great suggestions for enjoying the amenities in our area, which are a real asset to the Long Island lifestyle.
Heckscher State Park- Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip, NY 11730
Cycle the 4.5-mile flat trail for a panoramic view of Great South Bay. Watch for the nests of ospreys, a sea hawk, that tower over the park campground, and over the trail near Field 7. This 1600-acre former 19th-century estate also shelters white-tail deer and a variety of other birds. The park, originally opposed by local residents, represented public official Robert Moses's toughest fight to ensure the availability of public lands on Long Island. East Islip homes for sale are conveniently located near the trail and other amenities of Heckscher.
Eisenhower Park - Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow, NY 11554
This 930-acre oasis in Nassau County is one of the largest public spaces in the New York metro area. Larger than Central Park, it comprises property owned by Salisbury Country Club plus adjoining properties the county acquired. There's an easy, 5-mile loop trail, accessible all year round, near Meadowbrook Parkway. Check out Garden City homes for sale, just a few minutes away from the biking trails and everything else Eisenhower Park has to offer.
Belmont Lake State Park - Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
Located in Suffolk County, Belmont Lake State Park offers lots of activities, including picnicking, pedal boat and kayak rental, fishing, game courts, and also trails for walking and biking. Cyclists can enjoy a flat, easy 2.5-mile trail that runs through pretty woods, by a small waterfall, and over a stone bridge. Interested in Commack homes for sale? You won't be far from this picturesque park.
Valley Stream State Park - Valley Stream State Park Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580
It's a short, rolling 2.7-mile loop trail around a lake, but you can pack a lunch, bike a bit, and choose one of the many picnic tables along the route in this shady park to set up the eats while the kids play. Picture yourself in one of our Hewlett homes for sale, where you'll be just minutes away from this gorgeous setting.
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743
Twenty-seven miles of trails traverse this flat to hilly park, a former estate on a Gold Coast peninsula that reaches into Long Island Sound. Caumsett comprises salt marsh, woodland, meadows and rock shoreline. Developed by Marshall Field III, the estate was acquired by New York State in the early '60s. In addition to biking, the park offers walking, bridle paths, hiking, nature trails and cross-country skiing. Have a look at Huntington homes for sale, and you could be in close proximity to this Long Island gem.
Hempstead Lake State Park - Lakeside Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552
The flat, easy, 2.4-mile trail winding around McDonald Pond isn't the only draw for this shady park. Enjoy boating, horseback riding, picnicking, playgrounds, playing fields, tennis, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and fishing. There's also a historic merry-go-round. Imagine your family biking the trails around McDonald Pond, just minutes from Rockville Centre homes for sale.
Lace up your hiking boots! November 17 is National Hiking Day, and if ever there was a great time to hit the trail, this is it. Here on Long Island, we're blessed to be surrounded by some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the Northeast, and our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorites!
We love life on Long Island, and we think you will too! With all the amenities of the big city and wide-open spaces of the country, it's a truly unique place to call home. Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your new home.
The waterfront destinations, rolling meadows, and conserved natural sites of Long Island provide a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun, including some of the best golf in the region. Whether you're looking for an affordable, public course, an elegant, private club, or anything in between, you'll have no trouble finding what you seek on Long Island. Our REALTORS® know Long Island golf, and we're here to share 6 of the best local golf courses in Long Island communities.
Harbor Links Golf Course – One Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
Located a short drive from Port Washington homes for sale, you'll find the top-rated Harbor Links Golf Course. Ranked as one of Long Island's top public courses, Harbor Links features both an 18-hole championship course, and a 9-hole executive course that's perfect for fitting in a quick round. With a scenic North Shore location, you'll have beautiful views no matter which course you play.
Crab Meadow Golf Course – 220 Waterside Rd., Northport, NY 11768
Northport homes for sale make it easy to reach the popular Crab Meadow Golf Course, one of the newest courses on our list. The scenery here is phenomenal, with nearly every shot providing a view of the Long Island Sound. Of course, the golf is great, too, with a course that measures 6213 yards from the white tees, providing a fair, challenging layout for golfers of all experience levels.
Dix Hills Park Golf Course – 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills, NY 11746
Looking for a quick, fun golf outing near Dix Hills homes for sale? Stop by the 9-hole Dix Hills Park Golf Course, where you can enjoy a round in a casual, family-friendly setting. Dix Hills Park Golf Course is a par 31 layout perfect for a family golf outing, with generous fairways and large greens to target.
Garden City Country Club – 206 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
If you're searching for great golf close to Garden City homes for sale, make time to visit the historic Garden City Country Club. Founded in 1916, GCCC has been providing one of Long Island's premiere country club experiences for more than 100 years. The facility also features racquet sports, along with extensive event spaces.
Port Jefferson Country Club – 44 Fairway Dr., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
With 18 holes overlooking the Long Island Sound and a location close to Port Jefferson homes for sale, the acclaimed Port Jefferson Country Club offers so much more than excellent golf. Port Jefferson Country Club is an excellent place to enjoy racquet sports, take lessons from a pro, or host a social event. There's also a busy schedule of special events at the club, especially on weekends.
Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club – 2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY 11787
You won't have any trouble finding a place to play 18 holes when you shop for Smithtown homes for sale, thanks to highly rated local courses like the Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club. The tree-lined course at Stone Bridge Golf Links features rolling fairways, water features, and beautiful landscaping everywhere you turn. Stonebridge also offer junior golf programs, along with lessons for players of all experience levels.
Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the great golf and outdoor fun in Long Island communities? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.
Long Island — are you ready for a run? June 5th is National Running Day, and our REALTORS® are ready to lace up our running shoes and get our hearts pumping! Whether you run 5Ks like there's no tomorrow or can only fit in a good jog when work calms down, any time spent running is a great way to clear the mind and strengthen the body. We hope you'll join us in celebrating National Running Day at some favorite Long Island spots for running.