How to make your garden a wildlife haven

The environment is becoming an increasing concern, with rising temperatures and decreasing biomass, we are beginning to see the unfavourable effects of a warmer climate to a greater extent. With an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK alone, you can create your own wildlife refuge on your back doorstep with a few simple techniques: 

wildlife garden with butterfly
  • Leave the grass alone

Although you don’t have to do this for your entire garden, having areas where the grass is left to grow without being cut every so often, will allow insects to thrive by providing shelter and plants to grow to their peak!

  • Dig a pond

A pond immediately boosts the natural wildlife in your garden, and it doesn’t have to be very big at all. The only required feature of a pond is to place stones and branches around the perimeter of the pond so insects can get in and out of the water. We recommend placing the pond in a shady area so wildlife isn’t deterred by harsh, direct sunlight during the summer months.

  • Compost

Not only do compost bins eat up your food waste and fertilise your soil, but it is also the ideal habitat for a variety of animals and plants, including worms, woodlice, spiders and fungi. A compost bin that can keep the rats out allows you to add raw and cooked food into the mix, just remember to give the soil a good mix every couple of weeks or so!

  • Make a bird box

This can be a fun project to do with your kids, as making and camouflaging a bird box can be a great bonding pastime as well as helping the surrounding environment in your own garden. If you don’t have the time, bird boxes are available at most DIY and garden stores. A bird box helps birds mate and nest their young, and placing the birdbox high in a tree or on a fence will help to protect them from predators.

  • Adapt your fence

If you want a bigger variety of wildlife in your back garden, it’s worth steering away from mesh fences, as hedgehogs and frogs may get caught in the smaller gaps. However, fences with larger gaps at the bottom of the fence will allow creatures that walk to travel through your garden fences into neighbouring gardens and fields.

  • Plant variation

Providing the right variation of plants for your wildlife will help you establish a more diverse ecosystem. Having enough flowers of different species will attract bees, butterflies and other insects, who can then spread the pollen of the flower to other flowers, in turn creating more flowers and more food to support valuable insect communities. We suggest growing many non-native and native plants to ensure growth throughout the colder months too, as well as opting for pollen heavy plants. 

Assured Landscapes is the leading landscaping contractor in the Sussex and Surrey area. Our team has been working in the gardening and landscaping industry for many years, giving them the relevant experience needed to provide a first-rate service throughout the entire process. For more information on any of our services, please get in touch with a member of our team today.