Wildlife-Friendly Garden Plan
Generally speaking, most of us think of gardening as an environmentally
friendly exercise. Indeed, nothing seems quite as harmless as planting
live plants and seeds in the soil to grow naturally! However, many average
gardening methods actually have more harmful effects on the environment
and its wildlife than we fully realize. This is by no means to say you
need to avoid gardening or hold back on your typical practices.
1. Attract The Birds
Perhaps the most significant single step you can take to be "wildlife
friendly" with your garden is to do your part to attract birds to it.
Whether this is through a bird feeder, birdhouse, or birdbath (or all
three) is up to you. But not only will this step provide accommodations
for beautiful birds - it will also provide the most natural form of
pest control. With birds picking off insects according to the natural
order, you may be able to avoid spraying environmentally harmful pesticides
2. Collect Rainwater
This isn't so much about wildlife as the environment in general, but
collecting rainwater is an excellent way to garden with environmental
efficiency. and once you have it you'll be able to water and maintain
your garden without wasting unnecessary hose water.
3. Install A Pond
This may sound a bit tricky right off the bat, but actually creating
a garden pond can be only a weekend's worth of work, and results in
a more dynamic garden for you, and a range of options for wildlife.
With proper construction and maintenance your little garden pond can
become a legitimate ecosystem supporting a variety of creatures.
4. Use Raised Planters
This may seem a bit artificial, but the reality of a raised planter
is that it allows natural growth and wildlife at ground level, while
giving you a sort of station for planting whatever you wish up above.
Think of it as a double deck garden!
5. Consider The Needs Of Wildlife
Most people's first priority is to garden plants that are either particularly
useful or particularly attractive - but don't forget to consider animal
needs! For example, try to plant flowers and vegetables that are bountiful
for nature. Flowers high in pollen are a great place to start, as these
serve a beautiful and functional purpose in nature, and your growing
them will support the wildlife in and around your garden.