As well as being wonderful to look at, having birds, bees and other creatures in your garden is great for your plants and for the environment in general. Helping to pollinate your fruit and vegetables and keeping the ecosystem in perfect balance, all creatures great and small should be welcome in your outside space.
In most cases, birds and bees are attracted to our gardens because of the fantastic variety of plants found there. These plants provide food and shelter for creatures of all types, so creating a diverse habitat is essential if you want to make all animals welcome.
If you have an artificial grass lawn, you’ll need to put a bit of extra effort into your borders, flower beds and veg patches if you want to achieve a good level of biodiversity. Luckily, with a little bit of elbow grease and a few green fingers, your garden could become a haven for wildlife in no time.
Flowers are an incredibly important part of any garden. As @The_RHS says:
“Flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects that perform the vital task of fertilisation – seed and fruit production would drop dramatically without them.”
Plant a variety of flowering greenery in the borders around your artificial lawn – the more diverse, the better. If you don’t have any borders, or if they’re already full, invest in a few window boxes and stuff them with blooming bouquets.
The best way to attract birds into your garden is to feed them. Hang a few well stocked feeders from trees and posts to give birds somewhere safe and convenient to enjoy their food. Most garden centres sell a range of bird seed and other avian treats allowing you to supply the winged visitors to your garden with plenty to keep them going. Putting food out on a regular basis, especially during the winter months, is the best way to ensure birds return to your outside space again and again.
If you want to go one step further when it comes to attracting wildlife to your garden, you could invest in a beehive. Once they’re established, beehives are very low maintenance and their presence in your garden will help your flowers, fruit and veg to thrive. Plus, once a year you’ll be able to harvest the honey and enjoy a sweet treat of your own.
Installing a water feature in your garden is a great way to attract frogs, newts and other liquid loving creatures. You’ll find that even a small pond is a big draw for wildlife, especially if you add a few water plants to the installation. If you’re planning on keeping fish in your pond, you may need to install a pump to keep the water well oxygenated.
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