3 Improvements to Make your Garden Wildlife-Friendly

Contributed article in our lifestyle series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

As more of our natural wildlife habitat is destroyed by increased construction and urbanization, creating wildlife-friendly gardens to protect biodiversity is a form of damage limitation.

So if you’ve got green fingers and fancy playing your part in saving the planet, here are three simple improvements to make your garden wonderfully wildlife-friendly.

Habitats

Creating a wildlife-friendly environment doesn’t mean that it should transform into an untamed jungle that the neighbors will scoff at.  It should actually be accessible to everyone that frequents it and minor adaptations can make major differences without causing inconvenience.

A good starting point is to ensure that you have multiple habitats in your garden to support as much biodiversity as possible. For example, sections of lush with vegetation are inviting  for insects and small mammals — which then attract small birds that feed on them.

Meanwhile, ponds and rockeries are a great focal point for any garden and can also be used to attract more wildlife. They’re an ideal environment for frogs, toads and invertebrates that like to slide snugly into spaces under paving stones or amongst gravel.

If you’re looking for a wide variety of decorative gravels and stones for your wild garden project, dealing with a sand and aggregate supplier like Marchington Stone is the most reliable choice.

Breeding

Along with providing a homely habitat for wildlife, it’s important that your garden should encourage them to breed and flourish by providing an area that’s protected from the elements and potential predators.

Bird, bat and hedgehog boxes can be purchased from a large DIY goods store like Homebase and they’re a perfect example of  blending artificial and natural elements in a garden to boost its biodiversity.

By providing the appropriate private spaces for animals to become amorous, you’re supporting species survival — all from your own garden.

Composting

Composting has many benefits — apart from its core purpose of fertilizing flowers and plants, it’s a  great environment for birds and the insects they like to eat.

It’s also environmentally-friendly as it reduces the amount of organic household waste that’s sent to landfill. Grab composting bins from a garden products supplier like Primrose if you’d like a selection of bins in different sizes crafted from wood, metal or plastic.

Once they’re in place, compost bins will work their environmental magic for years, provided you keep them topped up regularly with waste plant products.

Applying these three easy tips will transform your garden into a wildlife wonderland where you love to spend time meditating, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

But perhaps more importantly, your personal green space will be contributing to future-proofing the planet.

Our exploitation of the natural world means ambient animal environments are dwindling fast, so we’ve all got to do our duty to prevent further extinctions.

Do you have a wildlife-friendly garden? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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