Spring is the perfect time to trim, prune and snip your garden back into shape.Its also a great time to plan how you can entice wildlife back into your garden and reward yourself with the knowledge that you are helping to ensure the survivial of britain’s diverse family of birds, bugs and mammals whilst creating your own mini ecosystem!Our experts have put together a how to guide on having your garden wildlife friendly in no time at all!Dont overlook the fact that different wildlife are active at differing times of the year so plan long term and if you are still unsure after reading this blog, then why not come and see our in-house team of experienced staff.
Bee’s are attracted to nectar and pollen rich plants such as Heather, Bibery, Sweet Peas and GladioliThey are also more attracted to purple plants such as Lavender, verbena and Alliums. Tubular Flowers make a safe haven for bees to collect pollen and nectar such as Foxgloves and Honeysuckle. Autumn and into winter are also important so planting Winter Honeysuckle and Clematis will keep encouraging them into late August.Bee’s also are encouraged by wildflowers so why not have a nature spot in your garden where they will thrive.You could put up a bee house or bee hotel, bee’s only usually wake up when the temperature reaches 50-55 degrees so the house/hotel would need to be placed in full sun facing south or south east and must be at least a meter off the ground with the entrance free of any foliage or vegetation.
Its lovely to wake up on a sunny morning and hear the birds singing and you can do many things to encourage them into your garden.A bird bath is always apreciated for drinking and bathing, ensure that it is carefully situated with a clear view all the way around to ensure that local cat’s can’t creep up on them!Nesting boxes can be added in trees or on high fences and they will also appreciate a bird feeder or table.Birds need food high in fat in the winter such as fat balls, why not the kids involved in making these? In late spring into summer through autumn, high protein foods are the best such as mixed seeds and nuts.Perfect trees for encouraging birds are Crab Apples, Silver Birch, Elm, Beech and Ash and they also love Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Privet.
These beautiful insects love nothing more that a patch of wildflower but also love buddleja, verbena, Hebes, Hollyhock and Violets.Butterflies love Ivy and enjoy flowers that are planted in full sun.In Autumn they are attracted to bugbane, iceplants and michaelmas daisies.
Insects love rockeries and log piles or why not buy some bamboo and encourage your children to help to create a bug hotel, these can be placed at ground level in a wild area of your garden and will attract spiders, earwigs, woodlice and centipedes which will not only keep the children interested but will also benefit your gardens ecosystem in many ways.
Mammals and Amphibians
Why not create a pile of logs and/or a pile of leaves in a shaded, damp area, this will encourage the likes of hedgehogs, frogs, toads and newts, dead wood makes a great home or nesting place and will encourage all sorts of bugs. Hedgehogs love cat and dog food and can be tempted with these into your garden.Why not cut a small hole in the base of your fencing for easy hedgehog access!A pond is a great addition to encourage all wildlife, a source of water, bathing, a home, a food source! A pond with shallow edges is great for attracting animals such as those above. A few well placed pond plants such as water lily or crocus will offer protection for small amphibians such as frogs and newts. You can source plently of natural pond cleaners now to ensure your pond water stays clean and healthy.
Encouraging native plants and trees along with rich fertile soil and the encouragement of native birds, insects and mammals will create a perfect ecosystem. It’s a community of plants, birds, pollinators, and other wildlife that work together to form a balanced system which in turn can contribute to the health of the environment around you and leave you with a thriving garden.
Ensure that plants are in perfect health and producing the optimum levels of nectar and pollen benefit to yourselves and your newly encouraged garden friends.
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