It doesn’t take much to take your garden and make it a sanctuary for wildlife. You will need to choose the right plants and add things like bird feeders and baths, you need to provide shelter along with food and water. Creating a wildlife garden starts with the plants you are going to put in, let’s have a look at the right plants you’re going to need.
Plants, trees and shrubs
The plants and trees you put in your garden provide nesting sites and food for birds. Birch, oak and willow bring in bees and insects and they in turn are a natural food source for birds and amphibians. Throw in some wildflowers like cornflower, foxglove and honeysuckle also lure bees and butterflies into your garden. You can also let a patch of the lawn just grow wildly, longer grass also gives shelter and attracts insects. Here are some more plants you can put into your garden.
Bird baths and food
Bringing birds into the backyard is as simple as throwing up a birdfeeder. If you have a well-stocked bird feeder in the yard, birds like easy to access food, always put the bird feeder away from the long grass so that predators can’t sneak up on them. It is also best if the bird feeder has a quiet spot so they can eat uninterrupted. Birds are not fussy either and they will eat almost anything. You can put table scraps out like fruit, cheese, nuts and rice. You can also grab already made birdseed some will attract a specific type of bird, like hummingbirds. Whatever you do clean up the area regularly or you will end up with wildlife you don’t want…rats!
Set aside a corner of your garden for and put in things like dead leaves, twigs and logs. This will provide a home for moss, lichen and the creepy crawlies that breakdown dead wood. Leave this space be in the winter because there may be critters hibernating in there. If you can manage to put a pond into your backyard that will bring in insects, frogs, toads and newts. While you may be tempted to stock the pond with fish or koi they will eat the insects and tadpoles that are trying to live there.
Not only will your backyard become a mini nature reserve you can do your part to help local wildlife survive and you never know which animals and birds that you will get to see up close.