One of the biggest problems caused by climate change and the destruction of natural environments is a decline in wildlife. The number of species that are at risk of going extinct is going up rapidly and that’s going to have a lot of far reaching impacts on the environment. Preserving natural habitats is an important step in preventing that but you can make a difference at home as well. If you create a garden that is a haven for wildlife, you can give them new habitats and help them to thrive. If you want to do your bit and protect the wildlife in your local area, here’s how to do it.
When people are landscaping their garden, they’re usually thinking about how to create a nice patio area for relaxing in the sun. Often, trees get in the way of that and people sometimes decide to move them so they’re not blocking the sun as much. But if you want to preserve wildlife, that’s the worst thing you can do. Those trees are a natural habitat for all sorts of birds and insects so you definitely want to keep them in the garden. You could even consider planting more if you’ve got the space. If you do have trees in your garden, it’s worth getting a forest management service in to care for it properly. Maintaining the health of your trees is important if you’re trying to create a healthy habitat for local wildlife.
Keeping trees in the garden is the best way to attract birds but not everybody has the space for that. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring them to your garden though. If you put some bird houses out in the garden and fill them with seed, the birds will thrive out there. It’s best to put your bird feeders high up if possible. In the winter, birds usually eat seeds but in the spring they need some higher protein foods like fat balls. Don’t forget about predators either; if you’ve got a cat you’ll need to put the bird houses in a more sheltered area, perhaps in some bushes, so they’re safe while they’re eating. You can buy some great bird houses pretty cheap but it’s not hard to make your own if you want to save money and be a bit more eco-friendly.
Ditch The Lawnmower
When people see a long lawn, they immediately think it looks badly maintained. We associated uncut grass with a shoddy garden, rather than a great habitat for wildlife. That’s why long grass is one of the most scarce habitats there is. That’s a real problem because a lot of plant and insect species rely on those long grasses to survive. If you’re really serious about helping out the environment, ditch the lawnmower and let the grass grow long; at least in a part of your yard. You can give it a trim in the late fall to stop it from getting too out of hand, and regrow in the spring. If you get some wildflower seeds and sprinkle them into the grass, you’ll create your very own wildflower meadow right in the garden, which attracts all sorts of butterflies. As long as you spend some time planting flowers, a long lawn can look just as good if not better than a trimmed one and you’ll be helping the planet out at the same time.
Ponds are one of the few popular garden landscape features which also benefit the wildlife at the same time. If you’ve already got one, great. If you haven’t, it’s not as hard as you think to put one in. There’s no need to dig out a big pond and fill it if you don’t have the time or space for that. You can even use a bucket buried in the ground and filled with rainwater. Whatever you do, don’t use chlorinated water because it won’t sustain wildlife. When you’re trying to find a place for your pond you need somewhere that isn’t in full sun or full shade all day long. If you are making a bigger pond, you should get some stones around the edge to act as stairs for the animals so they can get in and out. Lily Pads are a must as well because they keep the water clean so you don’t need a filtering system.
When you’re designing a garden, don’t focus on what makes a good environment for you. Consider what makes a good environment for struggling wildlife instead.
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