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A 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 and chemicals.

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.