How To Turn Your Garden Into A Haven For Wildlife

How To Turn Your Garden Into A Haven For Wildlife

Watching the wildlife in your garden is a great way to relax and unwind, but if you live in a fairly built up area, you might not get that many visitors. When animals lose their habitats, they will move elsewhere and it can be tough to attract them into your garden. But there are some simple changes that you can make to your outside space so you get more wildlife, which is great because you’re also helping to preserve their habitats at the same time as improving your garden. If you want more wildlife in your garden, these are the best ways to encourage visitors. 

How To Turn Your Garden Into A Haven For Wildlife

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Grow A Hedge 

Birds and small animals need a place where they can nest safely, otherwise, they won’t come near the garden. One of the best ways to create a natural space for animals to hide and nest is to grow a hedge in the garden. It’s a nicer alternative to a wooden fence and you’ll find that you get a lot more wildlife in the garden as well. However, you do need to be careful with hedges because they can be a home security issue if you’re not careful. Potential burglars can use them as a place to hide as they approach the house so be careful how you position them. 

Build A Pond 

A pond is a great habitat for all sorts of wildlife, not just the fish that you put in there. You’ll attract frogs and toads, and all manner of different insects with a pond. If you build yourself a pond and fill it with water lilies and pond weed, you can build yourself an ecosystem that sustains lots of different wildlife. Just make sure that you invest in some Tsurumi pond pumps to circulate the water and manage the oxygen levels so the fish and plants in there can survive. If you want to diversify the wildlife in your garden, a pond is the best way to do it, but if you don’t have space for that, a small water feature will still attract some insects and frogs. 

Grow Wildflowers 

If you want to fill your garden with beautiful butterflies, the easiest way to do it is to grow some wildflowers. If you take a section of your garden and just let it grow for a while without tending to it, and then plant some seeds, you can create a great wildflower meadow area. If you use a mixture of different flowers, you can add an amazing colorful area to the garden and attract a lot of butterflies, without needing to do too much maintenance at all. The other big benefit of growing wildflowers is that they attract bees that pollinate the flowers and that’s very important because bee populations are struggling. You should look for species that have an open structured flower because these are most attractive to insects. 

If you make these simple changes around the garden, you can help to sustain the local wildlife population by creating new habitats for them. 

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Author: Terri

My name is Terri and I live in an urban area in central Georgia, USA. I'm a mom to three kids, a dog, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 2 lovebirds, and other small aquatic pets. My hobbies include photography, reading, binge-watching movies, crocheting, D.I.Y. projects of every kind, gardening, hiking, glamping, and camping. I love to travel and go sightseeing. My coffee pot is my lifeline.

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