Five ways to attract wildlife to your garden

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  • An overly manicured garden will look immaculate but it will lose much of the dynamism wildlife brings to a garden

    There are numerous ways in which you can encourage wildlife into your garden. Wildlife will pollenate your flowers and add biodiversity. So if you don’t get too carried away with the lawn mower or secateurs you’ll start to see a lot more life thriving on your doorstep.

    1. Choose the right flowers

    The right flowers will attract bees, butterflies and other insects. The Royal Horticultural Society recommends plants that provide pollen and nectar for as long a season as possible. It says avoid too many
    highly-bred cultivars with big and blowsy or double flowers, most of which contain little or no pollen or nectar.

    2. Add water

    A pond, or even just a container of water, will attract
    wildlife such as frogs and newts to your garden. Ensure that you keep it
    clean and control algae – you can do this without harmful chemicals
    with barley straw pond cleaners. Give it a sloping edge so animals can access the water easily.

    3. Forget about perfection

    The fewer chemicals you use the more attractive your garden will become to wildlife. Use organic seed and fertilisers. Allow long grass to grow in certain areas where flora and fauna will thrive. An overly manicured garden will look immaculate but it will certainly lose much of the dynamism wildlife brings to a garden.

    4. Plant a hedgerow

    If you’re keen to get more wildlife in your garden replace ordinary fences with cultivated hedgerows. Native plants such as blackthorn, hawthorn, field maple or hazel will provide nesting sites and berries. Nuts and hips will encourage hungry wildlife in wintertime.

    5. Bird feeders

    Find a sheltered area high above any predators for bird feeders. The RSPB has a great range including bird seed and bird food mix feeders, peanut and suet nibble
    feeders, suet feeders for cakes and balls for the wild birds in your
    garden.

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