If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, one of your first priorities will probably be getting it to look great. But if you’re a nature lover, you may well be looking to attract different types of wildlife into your garden. If that’s the case, there are a few things you can do to encourage different species into your outdoor space.
Just because your garden is biodiverse, it doesn’t mean that it has to be untidy. Your regular lawn care services don’t have to go undone so you are left with a rugged garden wilderness. Instead, try introducing some colourful planting for pollinators so you can attract bees and butterflies. Choose some plants that flower between early spring and late autumn – the brighter, the better. Try to select open plants that give easy access to the creatures on the hunt for nectar.
Plant More Trees
If you have the room in your garden, it’s a good idea to plant more trees as they provide ample space for shelter and feeding. Birds are more likely to congregate where there is more space for them to do their daily activities. If you don’t have a huge amount of space in your garden, try a multi-stemmed tree. Fruit trees are also nice as bees can enjoy the nectar from the blossom, while you enjoy the fruit when it is ready to eat – that’s if all the wildlife in your garden doesn’t get there first!
Climbers on the Walls and Fences
The more different types of plants and flowers you have in your garden, the better. Climbers on the walls and fences are a great way to attract different types of wildlife, as well as brightening up an area of the garden that was previously drab and dull. Ivy flowers are one of the most popular choices and are a very important late source of nectar. Not only this, the berries are also a winter food source for birds.
If you are looking for a DIY task you can do yourself, you can build a wide variety of wildlife shelters. If you are not so technically handy, you can also buy all of these from your local garden centre. Obviously bird boxes or baths are the most common choice, but you can also have everything from bug hotels to hedgehog shelters. This will provide the all important shelter that animals are looking for, plus you can put food inside as an added incentive to draw them in.
One of the best ways you can encourage wildlife into your garden is by introducing a water source. A large pond will attract all sorts of wildlife, but if this is too much for you, instead you can install a flowing water fountain. Some forms of wildlife just need a place to drink, whereas others tend to stay always close to the water like toads and newts. If you are creating a pond, make sure the edges aren’t too steep to allow easy access.