Wildlife Gardening

5 Tips For Wildlife Gardening

An editorial by Allison James.


Woodpecker on bird feederPeople have all kinds of different goals when it comes to gardening. Some want their gardens to simply look beautiful; some prefer to organize gardens as places to spend some time relaxing outdoors; and some simply like to experiment! But no matter what your specific goal is in creating a garden, one thing remains true in just about every case: a garden that maintains, to some extent, a "natural" feel, often has more genuine beauty.


Of course, any garden is to some extent a natural environment, but with the right practices, and the right garden items, you can truly encourage the surrounding wildlife to embrace and take advantage of the space in a beautiful way. These efforts both support and improve a natural wildlife environment and leave you with a very appealing garden. So without further ado, here are 5 tips and items that can help get you started!


1. Hang A Bird Feeder
Birds are great for your garden in a number of ways. To begin with, they make very appealing guests, and are nice to look at and listen to, providing your garden with a unique, natural feel. Additionally, however, birds can provide natural pest control, which saves you from having to use harmful pesticides (another plus for the environment). To encourage birds to stick around your garden area, put up a bird feeder (or house) or two.


2. Install A Bird Bath

A fountain or bird bath is another accessory that can help you to encourage birds to stick around. MySmartBuy is one helpful source where you'll find a number of bird bath and fountain options, many of which are solar powered. The selection likely includes something that would fit in your garden, but if not you can always check a local gardening center as well.

3. Install A Pond

Installing a fake pond may not seem very "natural," but the truth is once it's in place, and you use plants, stones, etc. to surround the borders, it will look very natural indeed. Furthermore, it will create essentially its own little ecosystem for certain insects, as well as various other wildlife. Not to mention, a pond makes your garden all the more appealing for you to look at and spend time in.

4. Let Natural Debris Stay Put

This is a great tip from a Guardian article on wildlife gardening, and well worth considering for those concerned about wildlife. Simply put, garden debris (fallen leaves, etc.) provides shelter, nutrition, and other essentials for a huge variety of insects and wildlife. Leaving a layer of this sort of natural debris is very environmentally helpful.

5. Accomodate Insects

Finally, along the same line of tip #4, try to accommodate insects. The same Guardian article suggests building a sort of "insect hotel" out of bricks, wood, etc. to give them a sort of home in the garden. However, you need only go as far as planting a few flowers that work well for pollination and keep insects happy. These tips, along with avoiding pesticides, are great for wildlife gardening.


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