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6 tips for creating a nature-friendly garden

As spring approaches, the chirping of birds and tree buds is almost here.

To help, GTSE has revealed six expert tips for creating an nature-friendly garden ready for spring. From growing tall grass to becoming a bird architect, homeowners have plenty of options to do their bit for wildlife.

1. Let your grass grow and your trees climb

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Don’t be tempted to cut down trees in your yard, as they provide nesting space for wild animals such as birds and squirrels. Their branches can also provide year-round cover for insects!

2. Plant wildlife-friendly flowers and trees

Planting flowers in your garden not only looks good, but provides nectar-rich food for birds, bees, and other creatures.

Native wildflowers are important because they have evolved with our insects, making them compatible with each other and encouraging native biodiversity. Therefore, choose plants native to you and your area.

3. Use a wildlife-friendly pest control

Sometimes the use of pest control products and pesticides is unavoidable when maintaining your garden. However, to avoid disturbing the natural ecosystem, it is important to choose wildlife-friendly pest control. (picture below)

There are other ways to control them, such as creating barriers or companion planting. For example, planting near species that attract predatory insects or hiding vulnerable plants, or using copper pipes to keep slugs away.

4. Give wildlife a home and be crafty!

If you’re feeling crafty this spring, building your own birdhouse or insect hotel is a fun project — plus it’s great for wildlife. Birds and insects are an important part of your garden ecosystem – so creating a home and feeding wildlife allows them to thrive!

5. Reduce food waste and compost

Not only is composting a sustainable way to manage food waste, it can also provide habitat for a range of mini animals. A community of mini-beasts, from worms to woodlice, aid in the decomposition process and provide a food source for hedgehogs and other animals.

Your main ingredients for a successful compost heap are waste, air and water! A simple pile covered with old carpet or plastic is just as effective as a “garbage can”. Trash can encompass anything from grass clippings to eggshells to newspapers – just be sure to keep the pile moist.

6. Create a pond

Wildlife can use many types of ponds and waterholes, ranging from a simple source of drinking water to a thriving habitat for multiple species, with its own ecosystem.

However, a pond doesn’t have to be a big garden project – all you need is a bucket in the ground or a small dish to catch rainwater. You can even add water lilies to prevent rainwater from stagnating.