How to make your garden a wildlife haven

Sunday, 13 March 2016  |  Admin

How to make your garden a wildlife haven.

It’s that time of year when we start turning our attention to our gardens. Neglected over winter, our gardens are starting to burst into life with spring bulbs poking their heads above the soil and blossoms blooming on the trees. It’s time to plan our planting and get the gardens ready for enjoying relaxing summer barbecues! 

While planning our gardens to appeal to our own tastes and senses is natural, at Protect the Planet we also think about making our gardens appealing to wildlife. With bird and bee numbers in decline, and natural habitat being destroyed faster than ever, we have a great opportunity to help our struggling wildlife by making our gardens as welcoming as possible. Even the smallest gardens can be transformed into a wildlife haven:

• Mix up your habitats

Trying to incorporate as many different habitats into your garden as possible is a great way of attracting wildlife. A mixture of long and short grass, shrubs, trees, flowers and, importantly, a source of water (such as a pond) is key.

• Provide shelter

Animals need somewhere to shelter from the elements. Shelter can be provided through a good selection of trees, shrubs and hedges, by leaving some grass unmown, and by putting up some bird and bat boxes. You can even buy insect houses and ‘hogitats’ for hedgehogs. Check out our great range of attractive and wildlife-friendly homes.

• Choose bee and butterfly-friendly flowers

Choosing flowers that appeal to bees and butterflies is a really simple way we can all improve our gardens. Try and have a range of flowering times to ensure bees and butterflies have access to nectar all summer long. And as an added bonus, these flowers are some of the most fragrant and beautiful around.

• Feed the birds

Garden birds are often in need of extra food, especially from autumn through to spring when berries and seeds are scarce. As well as growing plants and trees that produce lots of natural food, get some bird feeders which you can fill with fruit, seeds and huts for our feathered friends during the lean months. We have some lovely ones which will look fantastic in your garden. 

Happy gardening!