Are you someone who’d always loved nature, from the beautiful flowers to the birds and the bees? If you are somewhat of a nature lover, your back garden should reflect that by being a space that invites wildlife in. There’s nothing nicer than a garden filled with wildlife, especially as having lots of wildlife in your garden ensures that there’s always something for you to look at, and if you’re a photography lover, take photos of. Now, the question is, what does it take to make your garden more of a wildlife friendly place?
Put up nesting boxes
If you want to encourage birds to nest in your garden, it’s a good idea to put up nesting boxes. Each bird species favours different kinds of nesting boxes, so it’s worth looking into the types of boxes the species that you want to bring into your garden likes. Ensure that all bird boxes that you put up are high enough off the ground that predators like cats won’t be able to get to them. It’s also important that any bird boxes you put up have some shelter protecting them from the wind, rain and cold weather. To encourage birds to nest in your garden, hanging bird feeders around should help.
Although insects like butterflies and bees like all flowers, they tend to be more drawn to wildflowers. If you want to encourage more wildlife to visit your garden, especially insects, it’s a good idea to plant some wildflowers. If there’s a certain insect that you want to attract, such as butterflies, it’s worth researching what plants tend to attract them best, such as a buddlea, for instance. The best wildflowers to plant are foxgloves, bluebells, crocus, and thistles because these are known for attracting all manner of wildlife.
Create a nature pond
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden that’s large enough to build a pond in, this will diversify the ecosystem living in your garden. If you don’t have the room for a pond, a small water feature like a bird bath or fountain will also encourage more wildlife to visit your garden. However, building a nature pond is the best option. To do this, you can place a pond container in the ground, or you can dig a hole, cement it, use pond paint to seal it, and add a pond liner. While the second option is more time-consuming than the first, these types of ponds tend to last longer. A nature pond will encourage frogs, newts, and dragonflies to visit your garden. To make your pond as appealing as possible, planting pond plants in and around the pond is a good idea. It could also be worth popping some oxygen weed in there too, to help oxygenate the water.
Design a wilderness area
Instead of keeping your entire garden neatly mowed, section off one area to be a wilderness area. Allow the grass to grow long and the weeds to grow to create a meadow-like area that will help to encourage more wildlife to visit your garden.
If you’re a bit of a nature lover or a photography enthusiast, then creating a garden that will invite wildlife in could be an ideal project to undertake.