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Encouraging biodiversity in your garden

Gardens can be a haven for wildlife

A garden is a haven for wildlife, but you only get as much as you put in. If you want to increase biodiversity, a varying range of wildlife, then you need accommodating plant-life to encourage this process.

With this in mind, here are a number of tips that can help to increase the wildlife in your garden. With the right garden care, you can transform any small plot of land into something thriving with life in all shapes and sizes.

Wild flowers

Nature rich garden good for bees and other insects

One of the best ways to encourage biodiversity in the garden is to utilise wild flowers. As the name suggests, these are flowers that grow in the wild, and so they are something that various forms of wildlife are used to and look out for when trying to make a new home.

Whilst you can buy these yourself, this is never as effective as the wild effect. If you want to achieve a more natural approach, you can either wait for such flowers to grow naturally, which can often be rather slow if it happens at all, or you can invest in wild flower mats. These mats are quite similar to layers and rolls of turf, except they come sprinkled with wild seeds. This natural sprinkling of various forms of wildflowers encourages a more natural form of growth.

This is important, because nature is messy. If you want to encourage growth, you need the varying plant life to be in close proximity. When gardening, it can be all too tempting to create an organised pattern. Using a more random approach ensures a less-disturbed lawn, something akin to a meadow, with wild flowers occasionally popping through the grass.  Butterflies, bees and other insects will love them.

Let it grow

In addition to wild flowers, it’s important not to disturb the garden too much. If you mow the lawn frequently or trim the hedge on a regular basis, you’re going to disturb any wildlife that’s trying to settle there.

This may sound like a problem, since you naturally want to keep the garden presentable, but the trick is to find the right balance. Keep certain areas untouched for longer periods of time, working them into part of your garden rather than treating them as a pest that needs to be sorted out. Remember that animals need somewhere to nest and make their home. The same goes for birds in trees and other high-up areas, so be careful about exactly what you disturb.

Specialisation

Finally, whilst all these steps can increase biodiversity, attracting insects, animals and birds to your garden, there is always something you can do if you’re after something in particular. Frogs and newts, as an example, are amphibians which means they’re not going to appear without a source of water. In the case of a garden, a pond is the best way to encourage amphibious life.

Likewise, wild bird-feeders can attract an array of bird species into the garden. It’s a very simple approach that can be highly successful. Just remember what you’re trying to attract and give them what they want.

This article is published in in collaboration with homify.



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