Take a walk on the wild side
Gardening in tune with the natural world can help save you money and give you a much more vibrant outdoor space.
Here are a few handy hints and tips from our friends at www.potterandrest.co.uk:
- Offer plot diversity with a good range of flowering plants, trees, shrubs and climbers that bloom at different times of year include some that have evergreen foliage. A variety of plants will offer more for animals to feed on and use for shelter.
- Great wildlife attracting plants include: sunflowers, lavender and pyracantha.
- Create a hedgerow as a place for birds to nest, shelter for small mammals and a green corridor for wildlife to use to move around safely.
- Avoid pesticides as these can upset the balance of the environment and kill some of our gardening friends such as insects, birds and hedgehogs.
- Create a compost heap for natural and uncooked kitchen waste and for garden waste too. Heaps can be useful as a shelter for animals and also the compost can be used in your garden too. Heaps also encourage slow worms, which love to eat slugs!
- Leave an area of the garden as a wildlife haven and don’t be too concerned about tidying up. A more relaxed style of gardening encourages greater biodiversity as more places are available for creatures to shelter and there are greater sources of food.
- If you haven’t got one already you can still install a bird feeder – great for watching the birds but keep it regularly cleaned with hot soapy water to avoid the spread of diseases.
- Provide safe nesting places – buy bird boxes and site them responsibly by putting them in a place away from the reach of cats and out of strong sun and wind.
- Build a log pile as it provides an ideal winter home for hedgehogs and a safe haven for frogs.
- Create a pond – its plant life is a magnate for wildlife but don’t add goldfish as they eat dragonfly and newt eggs.