I promised in the podcast “Why you should attract wildlife into your garden” to do another explaining how to attract wildlife into your garden. Seeing that it is World Wildlife Day soon, here it is in honour of this day.
There are soo many things you can do to attract wildlife into your garden! Far too many to mention them all here. So today I am going to show you some of the basics of how to attract wildlife into your garden. And over time I will add more detailed posts. So, keep your eyes open 🙂
In a climate-friendly garden, you plant strategically to attract natural predators to take care of the pests you don’t want in your garden. Here are some ways you can work toward attracting wildlife to help you care for your garden naturally. Doing this means you don’t need to use chemical pesticides or unnatural practices to keep a healthy garden which is not only better for the environment, but for you and your family as well.
Plant trees, hedges and shrubs
If you still can fully plan your garden then plan in to plant a variety of trees and shrubs in many different sizes and types. These will provide food for birds, bees, and other wildlife that are beneficial for your garden. Providing nesting sites for many different types of animals is good for the ecology of your garden.
Should you not be able to plan your full garden anymore, then try to incorporate bushes and shrubs. And think twice before cutting down a tree. Apart from attracting wildlife into your garden and providing shelter and food for them, they also give your home shade in summer which will keep it cooler.
Keep the deadwood
Dying trees or parts of a dying tree have a big use to gardeners. They are habitats for organisms that keep your garden ecosystem healthy. Fungi, mosses and insects will attract birds to them who will eat them. They are also habitats for snakes, lizards and other animals, so locate them strategically. And don’t worry: garden snakes are good because they eat rats and small mammals or slugs and other insects that will otherwise eat the food from your garden.
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Create water features to attract wildlife into your garden
Creating water features can also bring wildlife to your garden, such as frogs. Ensure that your water features are water catchment systems. Save rain water by investing in containers to catch the water. You can also save your gray water from your washer or shower if you ensure that you use the right types of soaps and detergents that are safe.
Water is important for all wildlife you want to attract into your garden, including birds, bees, butterflies, dragon flies…
Keep some grass long
Plant longer grasses in some areas of your lawn. It provides cover for small animals, reptiles and caterpillars. If you leave some of your grass uncut throughout the year, alternating the areas every couple of years to avoid the grass from becoming too coarse, then you’ll create plenty of places for these animals to be where they help not harm your garden. You can also make some seed bombs with your kids including wild flowers into your long grass areas.
It’s important to plant a diversity of different types of plants that are native to your area, and the right plants for the climate of your area. You can often discover many varieties at locally owned garden centers as opposed to chain garden centers. Doing so will help cut down on pests and on problems with plants which are not cut out for your climate.
Don’t automatically get rid of all wildflowers as “weeds”. Some of them are beautiful and they can be very valuable to improve the ecology of your garden. They also provide food for insects and butterflies which can encourage pollination of your plants, but less eating of your plants. Nettles are especially helpful for providing a breeding area for butterflies.
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Put up bird houses and nesting boxes
If you’d like more birds in your garden, you can put up nesting boxes on walls, in fences and in trees facing the right way to provide shelter for birds. Put them up at least six to seven feet off the ground to keep them protected. Be sure to clean these boxes each year when the birds have left the boxes to cut down on parasites.
In winter give birds food with those easy made bird feeders. The birds will thank you by staying the rest of the year as well catching mosquitoes and other unwelcome insects.
Create a rocky garden area
Lizards love to make their home in between rocks. Use rocks local to your area, make sure there are enough gaps, sunny spots and a water source nearby and you will attract them to your garden. They will help you controlling snail and grass hopper populations in return. The area doesn´t have to be big, just make them a homely corner.
The beautiful thing about climate-friendly gardening practices is that they naturally attract just the right wildlife to your garden, helping you protect against disease and pests naturally without chemicals and fuel-based pesticides.
I hope you have found a lot of ideas on how to attract wildlife into your garden. As I said before, there is more to come, so keep checking. What are you doing already to attract wildlife into your garden? Let me know in the comments.
You might also enjoy reading: How to make your own bird feeders, Green living & pets and Gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden.