Southern Habitats, LLC
Improving Wildlife Habitat
Shaping a property's native food and cover structure drastically enhances the hunting experience. Our goal is the restoration of native plants that occurred historically on the site, but in a strategic fashion. In addition to the southern native seeds and plants we grow, we also use innovative techniques of releasing, expanding and distributing the desirable native plants already growing on your property. Our Wild Spectrum Food Plot System, while using traditional food plot seed, also makes use of native seed and live native plants for highly preferred forage with some species providing the ultimate deer cover and quail and turkey nesting cover. This customized system is based on your personal situation and guides you through the three annual task periods step by step. It also provides detailed but easy to follow instructions on how to manage the plantings.
Native Plants of the Southeast
When we refer to a plant being native to the Southeast we generally mean that its presence was recorded by the earliest of naturalists upon European contact in the 1500's. The primary land systems of the Southeastern Coastal Plain are recognized as upland sandhills and flatwoods with associated wetlands. This is the most ecologically diverse area in North America. These sandhills and flatwoods were historically dominated by a sparse longleaf pine overstory with a diverse ground layer, primarily composed of native perennial grasses with various legumes and other wildflowers. For thousands of years these "savannas" were regularly set afire by lightening in the growing season. As a result, these plants are "fire-adapted" and rely on regular growing season burns for a competitive edge. Fire exclusion, draining of wetlands and the introduction of exotic plants has degraded the savanna ecosystem.
While we love the sport of hunting we understand that game animals are part of a larger system that impacts everyone. Our native grasses are multifunctional and in addition to habitat provide erosion control and sediment control and fine fuels for fire continuity. Our native legumes and forbs provide important food for birds and mammals as well as pollinators. These bees, butterflies and other insects pollinate our food crops, making pollinator habitats a major conservation priority. Our diverse Southeastern habitats are linked together in a chain of life that we are all connected to.
We serve the region of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, but are willing to travel anywhere in the United States to help you with wildlife habitat restoration.
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