People increasingly understand the importance of spending time outside. They know that doing so is good for their mental, emotional and physical health. As a result, homeowners are spending more time and money on their gardens. They are creating little oases of calm and beauty for their family and friends to enjoy. However, increasingly homeowners want to go further by making sure that their garden is also a friendly place for wildlife. If you are one of them, read on, to pick up some tips that will help you to do that.
Plant some wildflowers
Giving over a section of your garden to wildflowers is a great idea. It does not even have to be a large area. You could buy some wildflower seed and scatter it at the bottom of your garden. Or, use them at the back of your flowerbed or sprinkle them over your lawn. How you do it really is up to you. But, it is a good idea to make sure that the area is a weed free as possible before sowing your wildflower seeds.
Make a small hole in your fence
Leaving a small hole at the bottom of one of the fence panels either side of your garden will make it easier for small mammals to move between gardens. This makes it far easier for them to forage and thrive. It also encourages the mixing of different populations, which prevents inbreeding. This makes each family group stronger from a genetic point of view.
Put up a bird table
Birds will flock to a bird table. Provided you put the right food out and keep it hygienically clean it will greatly benefit them. It is also important to put out drinking water. You could also set up a bird bath. Just remember to change the water regularly.
Create a compost heap
When creating a wildlife garden, it is important not to forget the smaller creatures. Insects need safe homes just as much as birds and mammals do. When the insect population thrives, the bigger animals who feed on them also do well. Setting up and maintaining a compost heap is a really easy way to support insects. It has the added benefit of creating great plant food and keeping your food waste out of landfill.
If you do not fancy that idea, you could always create a bug hotel instead. You can easily set one up behind your shed or at the back of a flower bed.
Choose a wide variety of plants
The more varied the plants are in your garden the better it is for wildlife. Try to choose flowers that bloom at different times of the year. Doing so will provide you with year-round colour as well as food for your local insect population.
Set up a pond
If you have enough room, money and time setting up a pond in your garden will greatly benefit your local wildlife. Ponds provide habitat for some of the creatures that are currently struggling to survive in the UK.
As you can see creating wildlife-friendly gardens is not that hard and it need not be expensive. If you are short of time and money, do not worry. You can simply take the above list of projects and tackle one of them each year. In no time, you will have created a wonderful eco-friendly space for everyone to enjoy.