Any gardener, whether an amateur or a professional, should not forget that our favorite plot of land is a small part of what we call Nature. Therefore, any kind of activity should be aimed at maintaining the integrity of the environment and preserving its inhabitants. As a matter of fact, you don’t need a lot of area to design a wildlife garden. A favorable garden for wild animals is based on four positions: shelter and protection, food sources, water sources and nesting sites. It’s not hard to integrate any of this into an aesthetically attractive plan. The UK scientists have proved that gardens, where wild species of plants and animals live along with cultivated plants, grow stronger and healthier.
Flowers for insects
To attract pollinating insects, butterflies, bees, bumblebees, you should choose pollen-rich plants for a long period of time. Let flowers bloom in the garden all season, starting, for example, from early crocuses to late autumn asters and chrysanthemums.
In addition to garden plants, meadow flowers and herbs can help attract pollinators. Gardeners who want to attract feathered creates into the garden can be recommended to arrange the access to water for them. In warm days in the heat and in winter in the cold, water should be easily and safely accessible. Having the opportunity to survive in the winter on the territory of the garden, they will not leave it in the warm season.
A piece of wild nature
Leave a small area in a secluded corner of the garden that could not be often disturbed. A small hill of stones, not mowed down for the winter perennials will help amphibians and reptiles to overwinter. If there is no place for a wild lawn, you can leave a small area of uncut grass where insects and small rodents could live, leaving the cabbage and peas alone. Covering is a great way to attract wild animals to your backyard – to provide them with shelter from predators and shelter from the weather. Planting a variety of trees and shrubs will further entice animals to visit your home.