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If you love to see birds flitting to and fro in the garden, butterflies dancing in the summer sun and aren’t opposed to the odd creepy crawly, then it might be time for you to welcome, and in fact, encourage more of that good stuff into your garden. In fact, this is a great way to get the kids outside more.
You don’t need a lot of room, and you can implement what makes sense for you in terms of family, pets and so on.
If you have older children or the room to have a secure fence around your pond, then they make a great addition to gardens. Not only are they wonderful to look at, but they attract a range of insects and animals. There are a few things that you’ll need to consider though – placement, which fish or plants you will put in there (as this will impact which Tsurumi submersible pumps you should consider), and the general upkeep.
If you have an excess of bugs, and you want a more natural way to deal with them, then bringing more birds into the garden is one way to accomplish it. Nesting boxes or birdhouses will give a range of different birds the ability to breed in your garden. You should take a look at the native birds in your area because different birds require a different style of birdhouse. Try to put the bird boxes up in the winter and with some shelter around it.
Wildflower garden patches are very popular and with good reason. The wide variety of flowers they include draw in bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. If you want to ensure you get butterflies, then try to get a mix with Buddleia as it is a favorite for them. Cornflower, bluebells, crocus, and globe thistles are a great selection too.
If you have the space to do so, then try to let the grass grow and add some old sticks in a pile for beetles and other bugs to live in.
If you have nesting boxes, the obvious companion for that is bird feeders. In general bird feeders will also encourage other mammals like squirrels. However, you can fend off squirrels with a squirrel proof bird feeder. Fat balls and seed mixes are ideal for enticing a wide range of birds. They also enjoy bacon rind and grated cheese if you feel like treating them.
If you don’t have space that you can install a bird box, then perhaps a hedge will work well. Hedges not only add a great feature to the garden, but they are ideal for nesting birds. Cherry plum, elder, hawthorn and blackthorn are great options.
Bringing more wildlife isn’t too difficult, and with a little research, you can find the best native species of plants to add, as well as the style of a pond that will work best. Once you have everything prepped, it can be fun to set up a camera and see what you can capture. Over time wild gardens take on a form and shape of their own, but you can give it a helping hand by pulling weeds and shaping.