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Not gardening attracts wildlife to your garden

In order to get some wildlife into your garden this summer you may have to be willing to let it go a bit.  For instance, letting your grass grow a little longer or treating it will less fertilizer may help, although it may not be what you are used to.

This is due to the fact that many things that are often perceived as weeds are attractive to wildlife such as daisies and clover, which offer pollen and nectar for bees.  Additionally, clover allows more nitrogen to get into the soil.

Allowing the grass to grow a bit longer will also help it collect dew and preserve the water that falls.  Leaving some patches untrimmed in larger gardens can also help provide a home and shelter for small wildlife creatures with the stems offering food for invertebrates and insects.

While this may initially make you feel a little guilty since your garden may not be as pristine as usual, keep in mind that wildlife enjoys a bit of disorder and that nettles which may be somewhat bothersome, will offer homes for over forty species such as the delightful peacock butterflies and small turtles.

Additionally, one more urge to resist is the need to trim hedges, because while they may look unruly, chances are they are offering homes to nesting birds inside.  Instead, focus your energy on adding a few more plants so that birds and mammals have something to feast on when they stop by which will also ensure they return later.



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