Turning Your Garden Into A Wildlife Sanctuary

I like to do whatever I can to make my garden a friendly place for our local wildlife.  Surprisingly, this doesn’t really seem to add to my gardening workload, it just creates a slightly different kind of workload.  The reward is a healthy, vibrant garden that everyone can enjoy – even the butterflies.

So I was happy to see this post, written by a guest writer, with a few tips for making our gardens wildlife-friendly.

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Turning Your Garden Into A Wildlife Sanctuary

Gardening for wildlife is a trend that is becoming increasingly popular as more people are discovering the impact that their gardens have on local wildlife.

It’s easier than you might think to transform your garden into a healthier part of your local ecosystem. Here, we’re going to look at some ways that you can support your local biodiversity.

Go Wild

If you’re not too fond of spending days out in the garden keeping it nice and neat, then one easy gardening tip you could follow is to let it get a little more untamed. Rather than planting exotic flowers that need plenty of care and attention, you could instead simply spread a pack of local mixed wildflower seeds. Aside from being easy to care for since they’re suited to your climate, they’re also great supporters of the local species of pollinators. These pollinators support all plant life, so it is crucial we all pitch in to help them.

Welcome Our Winged Guests

There are few things quite as satisfying as seeing a red-breasted robin hopping along your garden fence or waking up to songbirds in the air. However, you’re not going to find many of them near your home unless you give them a reason to stop by. Bird feeders are a great start, but birds tend to stop longer where there are safe sources of water, so you can attract them if you learn how to make a DIY bird bath . Keeping the water elevated keeps ground pests like rats from taking advantage, too.

Give Them A Place To Stop

Local flowers can attract all manner of pollinators to your garden, but not all pollinators have hives to return to. Solitary bees are a lot more common than you might think and, though they do play an important role in pollinating, they’re not as likely to come to your garden unless you have a place for them to stay. You can provide just the place they need by building your own bee hotel. These are specially made structures that can essentially give them a safe place to winter and build their nests.

 

Multi-Task With A Compost Bin

You might already be aware of just how making your own DIY compost bin can help you take better care of your plants, but did you know that they’re great for local critters as well? Part of the composting process relies on things like worms and insect larvae that eat the organic matter and leave behind compost as waste. These prey creatures then attract things like birds, hedgehogs, and frogs that will keep coming back for the food. Just make sure to position it far enough from your house so that you don’t find yourself with some new house guests.

Humans use a lot of space for their gardens. That’s space that we have taken from local ecosystems, so there are some who believe that we have a responsibility to give back in what small ways we can. If you’re of that belief, the above tips could help you.

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