It's Garden Wildlife Week between June 6 and 12, making it the ideal time to revamp your garden to attract insects, birds, and other wildlife.
Create a place for nature to flourish when you make these 7 fun and simple changes in your garden.
Leave grass long
Leaving parts of your lawn uncut is great for wildlife! You can create a mini jungle if you leave just a small section unmowed or if you mow much less often, a great habitat for grasshoppers, caterpillars, and beetles that kids like inspecting.
Wildflowers for wildlife
Wildflowers can easily be sown into your garden, or into a planter if space is limited. You'll attract all kinds of insects, including butterflies, to your mini meadow.
A fun way to do this is to mix clay soil with wildflower seeds and water, and then roll the mixture into balls. Once the bombs are dry, the kids can throw them in the garden and wait to see what they grow into!
Feed the birds
Birds will flock to your garden if you offer them a wide selection of food. Combining seeds is ideal since the variety will attract the largest mix of birds!
It is a good idea to keep feeders and tables clean, so the birds stay healthy and disease-free. Also, try to place your feeders in an open space free from predators. This will encourage the birds to visit.
Add a source of water
Water attracts wildlife, so consider adding a birdbath or small dish to your garden and you'll see more activity. Make sure the water source has sloped edges so that all animals can get into and out of it safely, from frogs and newts to birds and butterflies.
In order to attract more bees and butterflies to your garden, you can grow a variety of plants throughout the year that provide nectar.
During spring, plant primroses, rosemary, and crocuses; in summer, plant lavenders, cat mints, and thymes; and in autumn, plant dahlias, heather, and hyssop.
Add places to shelter
The best way to attract wildlife to your garden is to create cosy places where they can shelter and nest. Make bird boxes with your children and hang them or make simple log piles in shady spots to attract insects. Creating rock gardens is also very effective and collecting stones and arranging them can be a lot of fun.
Climbing plants can cover boring fences and old walls while creating wonderful habitats for insects, butterflies, and spiders.
Consider honeysuckle, as well as being a useful pollinator plant, it also smells wonderful and climbs very well. If you prefer to have a long-lasting green cover, consider ivy for a dramatic effect and to provide good shelter.