When spring arrives, the sound of birdsong and buds on trees is almost there.
To help, GTSE has shared six expert tips for creating a nature-friendly garden for spring. From growing long grass to architecting birds, there are many ways homeowners can do their bit for wildlife.
1. Let your grass grow and your trees climb
Don’t be tempted to cut down trees in your yard as they provide nesting space for wildlife such as birds and squirrels. Their branches can also provide shelter to insects all year round!
2. Plant wildlife-friendly flowers and trees
Planting flowers in your garden is not only aesthetically pleasing, but provides nectar-rich food for birds, bees, and other creatures.
Native wildflowers are important because they evolved with our insects, making them compatible with each other and promoting native biodiversity. So choose plants that are native to you and your area.
3. Use animal-friendly pest control
Sometimes the use of pesticides and pesticides is unavoidable when tending to your garden. However, in order not to disturb the natural ecosystem, it is important to choose wildlife-friendly pest control. (picture below)
There are alternative ways to control them, e.g. B. creating barriers or planting companion plants. For example, plant close together with species that attract predatory insects or camouflage endangered plants, or use copper tubing to deter snails.
4. Give wild animals a home and get smart!
If you’re feeling crafty this spring, building your own birdhouse or insect hotel is a fun project—and great for wildlife, too. Both birds and insects are an important part of your garden’s ecosystem – so providing a home and feeding the wildlife allows them to thrive!
5. Reduce food waste and compost
Not only is composting a sustainable way of dealing with food waste, it can also provide a habitat for a range of mini-beasts. A community of minibeasts, from worms to woodlice, aid in the decomposition process and provide a food source for hedgehogs and other animals.
Your key ingredients to a successful compost heap are waste, air, and water! A simple pile covered with old carpet or plastic is just as effective as a “trash can.” Trash can include anything from grass clippings to eggshells to newspapers – just make sure to keep the pile moist.
6. Create a pond
Wildlife can utilize many types of ponds and water features, from a simple drinking source to a thriving multi-species habitat, complete with its own ecosystem.
A pond doesn’t have to be a big garden project though – all you need is a bucket in the ground or a small bowl to collect rainwater. You can even add water lilies to keep rainwater from stagnating.