So many animals are trying to eat my garden! I heard my wife scream these words earlier in the year after weeks of hard work and effort in creating her garden.
As Greta Thunberg has declared, “Change is a must. We all need to step up to save our environment.” So, what could you do to save your garden yet continue to enjoy the wildlife around you? Well, there’s an excellent solution.
With a little effort and strong will, you can help the wildlife to live and grow in your home garden. It will not only help them to survive but also will make your garden look more attractive and charming. Moreover, it will bring you closer to nature and tranquility.
So, we have decided to come up with a few innovative and easy to apply ideas to make your garden heaven for wildlife. Remember that you won’t need to go through radical changes in your garden to make it a perfect habitat for different birds and animals. Instead, a little more care and some small adjustments will do the trick for you.
Innovative Ways to Turn a Home Garden into a Wildlife Haven
The Wildlife Trusts reports that the UK alone has 16 million yards. Add the USA and the rest of Europe; the number will be somewhere near to 100 million home gardens. These gardens are working brilliantly to shelter birds, small mammals, and insects as a refuge that is declining fast in the natural habitat.
Here are a few tips that will help you to make your backyard garden to a wildlife sanctuary.
Make it a Beautiful Habitat
- A small spaced garden with some creative technique and innovation will be able to home a wide range of wildlife. All you will need to do is to help the Nature to grow and nourish the home for its children.
- However, you shouldnâ€™t make your garden space an unplanned habitat to create an animal and insect jam. So, what do you do?
- Long grass along the lawn is a resourceful place for the minibeasts and insects to live and thrive. Thus, it becomes an alluring place for the birds that feed on such insects. Once birds are attracted to your garden, the process of making it wildlife heaven will automatically start.
- Try to plant small shrubs and flowering plants near to the borderline of your home and garden. The flower nectar will invite different bees and butterflies. Consequently, they will help the pollination process and bring birds and mammals in your garden.
- Medium to semi-large trees and hedges provide excellent shelter and resting place for all types of animals- insect, mammal, reptile, and birds.
- Additionally, you can place some handmade birdcage, feeder, or even an insect hotel. You can easily place a hollow timber for the birds to use it as a nesting and breeding playground. Moreover, you might pile up pebbles, leaves and some logs where the insect might create their colony.
- Likewise, we humans, animals need a substantial amount of drinking water. While providing drinking water individually to all of them is a gigantic task, a small pond is an excellent solution to the problem. You might place a bucket or a large bowl into the soil with only the top visible. Then, fill it with water. It will help all to drink water, and you can grow water lilies in it as well.
Built All-Natural Breeding and Shelter
The basic necessity to turn a garden into a wildlife sanctuary is to ensure a safe and convenient reproduction and housing place for all the welcomed animals.
- Allow climbers to grow against your outside home-wall. They are mostly a preferred roosting and breeding place for birds.
- Small trees, bushes, and shrubs provide excellent shelter to birds and small mammals such as squirrels and hedgehogs. These help the species to hide from predators and remain safe during rough weather.
- Rotten leaves, dead wood and timbers help the growth of moss and fungi. Moreover, they provide shelters for insects and worms to fertilize your garden naturally.
- Weeds are arch-rival for the gardeners. However, some flowering and fruit plants automatically make your garden weed-free heaven. So, you may think about planting flowers and nursery crops that naturally will come as a winner over the weeds.
Ensure a Safe Feeding and Foraging Ground
Humans enjoy slow and tension-free stalling after a tiresome day. So are the animals, they need a place to forage and feed.
- Plant a wide variety of flowers and fruit plants so that your garden remains bloomed all year round. It will ensure a continuous food supply for all the species all year round.
- Fruit trees like berry bushes are favorite to most common animals found near our home. So, they will be easily attracted to your garden having berry bushes.
- Ivy and other colorful flowers act as an invaluable source for the bees and birds to feed in.
- Placing a bee house will provide you, natural honey, while allowing some animals to feed on it.
- Please make sure the caterpillars get the right plants for their growth.
Focus on Sustainability
Most nature lovers emphasize on being sustainable to ensure environmental growth suited best for the wildlife to thrive.
- Peats are often harmful to wildlife habitats. Instead, use alternative composites. You may think of producing some in your garden even.
- Try to save rainwater to supply them later in the garden. A pond and placing bowls in the garden will help you to maximize the use of rain.
- Focus on planting original native plants only. Continental plants wonâ€™t suit your natural habitat, thus, destroying the surroundings.
Tips You Should Follow
Discover Wildlife has listed some of the essential tips to follow for a wildlife garden.
1. You shouldnâ€™t be too ambitious in your garden.
2. Plan according to your surroundings to attract the nearby animals.
3. Regularly supervise the wildlife to ensure them safe heaven.
Wildlife is declining quickly. In such a critical time, our home gardens with a little more care and planning might act as the Heaven to many of these species. It wonâ€™t require much money, time, and labor to do it.
And even if you need to invest anything, it is worth doing it. For, when you will hear the sweet chirping of the birds in the morning, your heart will fill up with heavenly love.