Your outdoor space is not just somewhere to relax and read in the sunshine. It can also be a mini eco-system for beneficial insects, reptiles, birds and small animals – a safe haven for wildlife to eat, rest and improve your garden by eating pests and cross-pollinating your plants. Here’s how to make your yard the most popular one in the neighborhood.
Plant lots of colorful varieties
Flowering plants and shrubs attract bees, butterflies and ladybugs, so select a vibrant assortment of short and tall options for them, like cornflowers, bluebells and foxgloves. Grab your Weasel Trowel Hand Tool to dig, cut and plant quickly and efficiently. If you want pollinating bats to pay your garden a visit for example, plant plenty of evening primrose, because moths love the smell and bats love to munch on moths. Mature native trees that produce flowers, fruit and seeds offer a great buffet for birds and insects, plus they make great nesting areas for squirrels and owls.
Install a pond or water feature
Fish, frogs, birds and dragonflies will flock to your garden in droves if you create a place for them to drink and cool off. Even if you only have a patio, you can build a water feature wildlife will love. Using our Weasel Garden Claw, break up the soil and plant some water lilies, lotus and spiky grasses to complete your underwater paradise.
Let fallen branches be a hedgehog’s new home
Springtime always unearths large branches that have broken off trees, and as they rot, grubs, snails and caterpillars will pop by – the perfect snacks for hedgehogs! These critters also love damp leaves, and so do toads and newts. Simply pile up those logs and leaves in a corner of your garden, out of the way of your outdoor living space.
Lay out a rock garden
Not only can a rock garden be beautiful and low-maintenance, but it also provides a great home for wildlife, like beetles, bees and frogs. Just be sure to leave some room between the stones for these creatures to cuddle up in.
Bring in the birds
Put out a few bird feeders – either ones you purchase, or a DIY project using reclaimed materials – and fill it with unsalted peanuts or suet. Opt for one on a pedestal, or suspend it from a rafter on your balcony to offer extra protection. Or, kick things up a notch by providing a cozy nesting box where they can sleep and raise their young. Just make sure the boxes are sheltered from the elements.
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