Bringing Wildlife Into Your Garden
Some people like gardens to be almost like an outdoor version of a room in their house, meaning that they keep them free from too many plants and prefer to stick with paving, furniture and ornaments. If you are a keen gardener, though, then the chances are that you find these types of spaces a little uninspiring. True gardeners enjoy all types of wildlife in their gardens, including visits from insects, amphibians and small mammals!
These creatures are just as much a part of a natural landscape as grass, flowers and trees and so you may wish to know how to attract more of them into your garden. Here are some top tips on how to bring more wildlife into your plot.
Make your garden nature-friendly
Most gardeners will use chemicals of some sorts to help their plants grow, but left over chemicals can cause problems for other types of wildlife. If you have to use chemicals, then do so sparingly and make sure you dispose of them properly afterwards.
Also, avoid using you garden for things that could disrupt any wildlife. For example, try to keep your wheelie bins elsewhere – you never know what you could damage by pulling that heavy bin across the garden every week.
Create good nesting places
Gardeners obsessed with tidiness may dislike the idea of a log pile or dead wood, but this is a great way to encourage biodiversity in your garden. Dark log piles, especially ones which are allowed to get naturally damp from rain and snow, can become the ideal home for insects, small amphibians and mammals. It could even become a good nesting spot, meaning you could soon have many little visitors.
Similarly, try to avoid covering up any holes underneath or within the walls of sheds. Obviously, you have to be more careful with the structure of your actual house, but if you have a small garage or shed at the bottom of the garden then spaces in there could be the perfect nest for various bird or small mammals.
Introduce a pond
A pond is one of the best ways to bring in another dimension of nature into your garden. The water will naturally attract amphibians such as frogs and newts. Make it more amphibian-friendly by ensuring that the pond has shallow edges so they can easily get in and out, and that there are enough pond plants around the edge for shelter and protection.
Make the most of your grass
It may seem odd to put something man-made into your garden, but grass mats are a great way of encouraging wildlife. Not only do they help grass grow better, but they also attract earthworms. Earthworms are essential to the environment, and will do wonders to your soil by oxidising it.
Give animals a way in
It may sound obvious, but if a fence or a wall surrounds your garden then animals may need some help actually getting in. One option is to purposefully create a hole in the fence. By choosing the size of the hole, you can effectively limit what wildlife can get in – for example, if you would like hedgehogs but don’t want to risk badgers, then make the hole only just big enough for hedgehog-sized animals.