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Planning an Eco Friendly Garden


   Feb 12

Planning an Eco Friendly Garden

If you have a back garden, you know just how much hard work it takes to keep it looking nice. With all the mowing, pruning, shearing and trimming, gardening can be back breaking work. However, it doesn’t have to be like this. Additionally, as much pleasure as our gardens give us, they can be a sanctuary for local wildlife. And making your garden more eco friendly for local fauna can mean that it takes less work to maintain.

An eco friendly garden is one that encourages bees, butterflies, birds and other creatures to visit, which in turn helps the entire British eco system. Bees and butterflies are important pollinators. In fact, bees are responsible for pollinating 80% of all our crops, yet there numbers are dwindling, so creating a space to allow these little creatures to thrive is of benefit to us all.

Bees and butterflies feel more at home in natural, wild environments. However, this doesn’t mean you need to allow your lawn to grow in an unruly manner, or permit the weeds to take over your shrubbery. It is all about compromise.

Bumblebee Nester from Greenstamp

Wild flowers

One of the simplest ways of helping local wildlife and making your garden eco friendly is to plant a few wild flowers. You can intersperse them with your regular shrubs or even have a dedicated corner of the garden just for wild flowers. Some people confuse wild flowers with weeds, thinking they are unsightly or may take over the garden. However, this is not true. Some wild flower species are delightful looking and are no more intrusive as regular flowers.

To attract bees and butterflies, ensure you have a good range of colours as different species are attracted to different coloured flowers. If you really want to help some of our struggling bee species, such as the bumblebee, you can place a nice ornamental bumblebee nester in the garden to provide a nice little home for these endangered animals.

Frog and Toad House from Greenstamp

Frogs, toads and hedgehogs

Ponds are a great way to encourage other wildlife into the garden. Frogs and toads are also suffering a decline, and these can be really useful animals to have around the garden as they eat slugs and other pests. By installing a pond, you will provide a place for frogs and toads to come and feed. If you have children and can’t install a pond, or you want to provide additional encouragement for frogs and toads to visit your garden, why not place a frog and toad house in the garden somewhere shaded.

Hedgehog numbers are dwindling too, and these also can be useful creatures to have around the garden. One thing you must never do is feed hedgehogs bread and milk , as they can’t digest it, but if you really want to help these little creatures, install a hedgehog house, which provides a safe environment in the summer and a place that they can hibernate in during the winter.

Multi-species Bird Nester from Greenstamp

Bird nesters and feeders

To encourage birds into your garden, a bird table will attract all sorts of species. However, these days, with so few trees around in our urban areas, providing a place for birds to nest can helps many of the struggling species that are now few in number. You can get multispecies bird nesters that can provide a home for sorts of birds, all nesters designed for specific species, such as the Silver Birch Robin Box. Don’t forget about the migratory species, either, such as the swallow, which often struggles to find a safe place to nest once they return in the summer.

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