As the population grows and wild habitats shrink, it’s becoming more important for us all to play our part and make our gardens wildlife-friendly. No matter the size of your garden, there are many different ways that you can create a safe and welcoming environment for wildlife.
Have a look at some of the ways you can get your garden wildlife-friendly below:
Build A Bug Home
Yes, the insects in your garden need a home. You’ve probably seen plenty of bug hotels, they recently become more popular. But you don’t need to go all out and buy anything expensive. Hollow wood canes secured to a tree trunk or in a quiet corner will be perfect. Even an area of dead wood and leaves is a great home for the little bugs in your garden.
Be Careful When Using Garden Tools
When you are using tools like strimmers and lawnmowers try to be mindful of small critters that may be around. They probably won’t have much time to move from these tools, or could be too scared to move. Also, try to be mindful of any nets you use in your garden small animals can easily get trapped.
Be Kind To Hedgehogs
You may find that our spiky little friends need a helping hand every now and again. Cutting a small hole in the bottom of your fence so they can venture between gardens is just one of the small steps you can take to help. Giving them the opportunity to freely forage heightens the chance of combats the decline in hedgehog numbers. Putting down food for them such as that you would find at Little Peckers, can also go a long way before they hibernate.
Food And Water For The Birds
As the cooler weather sets in, providing a supplementary source of food and water for the birds can be a real lifeline. Do some research and make sure you are providing the right foods for the birds that visit your garden and always store it in a clean, dry environment. When it comes to the feeders and birds baths make sure you clean them on a regular basis with hot water to help prevent infections from spreading.
Build A Pond
Gardeners new and old have now created two to three million ponds in their gardens. Adding a pond to your garden is a great way to help the environment and make your garden ultra wildlife-friendly. It can help to provide a safe environment for newts, water beetles, frogs, pond skaters, and dragonflies to name a few. Having a pond in your garden also provides a water source for mammals and birds. Bear in mind every garden pound needs a sloped end just incase any animals fall in. Adding some stones or pebbles around the outside can help creatures leave the pond safely too.
These four tips should help you to get your garden wildlife-friendly in no time. Even doing one or two of them could help and the wildlife in your area will appreciate it. Have you done anything to make your garden more wildlife-friendly?
Please share some of your ideas and tips in the comments section below.