With gardens taking up thousands of square miles of the British landscape, and wild areas of the countryside dissapeering at an alarming rate wildlife friendly gardening is playing an increasingly critical role in nature conservation. Our background in wildlife conservation gives us a unique insight into how gardening techniques can improve the wildlife in the garden. We are able to offer advice on these tequniques and implement them in our gardens.
The essential ingredients of the wildlige friendly garden are its natural areas. These can be small, for example, a stack of logs, or an Ivy covered wall, or larger such as a native hedge or a wild flower meadow. The key is that the wild area provides food and shelter for amhibians, insects, birds and small mammals.
Sustainable gardening looks to create havens for wildlife whilst reducing the gardens carbon footprint. It focuses on encouraging the use of recycled and renewable rescourses, promoting biodiversity and conservation, and takes on an organic approach to gardening
Any garden, big or small can be adapted to be more wildlife friendly. Here are some ideas:
Native flowers: Most plants bought from garden centers are not native. Natve flowers are by far the best for supporting our insects and animals. Encourage more wildlife into your garden by planting wildflowers anonside cultivated ones, they are just as beautiful, if not more.
Create a wildflower meadow. We can sow and create a mowing regime that will keep your wildflower meadow going year after year. Not only are they pretty they are very important for wildlife, many species are dependent on native flowers for their survival.
Butterflies and Bees: Borders can be planted up with ‘food plants’ to encourage butterflies beetles and bees into your garden. In turn creating food for birds and bats. We can create designs and plant up such borders.
Hedgerows are far better for wildlife than fences. They provide shelter and food for animals, birds and insects and act as corridors linking your garden with the wider landscape. We can design, plant and maintain a hedge to suit your needs.
Composting: Create a sustainable garden using your own garden waste to feed your flowers. Composting is easy to set up and manage and will save you money. Compost heaps also make excellent homes for wildlife, such as slow worms (which eat slugs!).
Organic Gardening: Within each garden there is an ecosystem, using chemicals on one species could have disastrous consequences to others and often does more damage in the long run. Did you know that spraying aphids also kills butterflies and ladybirds? The aphids then recolonize more quickly with no predators.
Slugs and snails cause the most damage in gardens but many of us have fenced there natural predator (the hedgehog) out –leave a gap in your fence for these natural pest predators to come and go.
Eco Garden Care