It is spring once again and, as the weather is getting warmer and the flowers are starting to bloom, many of us wonder how we can turn our garden into a wildlife oasis. First of all, congratulations for playing your part in helping save the planet! Earth needs our help and making your garden more environmentally-friendly seems like as good a starting point as any to help nature thrive. Read until the end and, hopefully, this advice will prove helpful.
Grow some plants for the bees
This may come as a shock, but bees also have superfoods. Flowers like the empress of India, lavender, campanula, poppy and sage will turn your garden into a hotspot for bees. Why is growing pollinator-friendly plants so important? The bee population is declining at alarming rates. We, as humans, often forget that our survival heavily relies of the existence of bees. This is why an environmentally friendly garden incorporates bee-friendly flowers and herbs. The results are immediate and you will not only have the satisfaction that you have helped save nature’s trusty messenger, but you will also enjoy a garden filled with pretty, colorful flowers.
Put up some bird feeders in your garden
A fan of birds? Bird feeders attract a variety of birds, some that you might not even have known can inhabit your backyard. You can choose to buy a bird feeder, as most retail stores offer many options to go through, or you can make one from recycled materials, such as empty water bottles or old containers, instead. You can be as creative as you want when putting together bird feeders. Either way, make sure to place them out of predator’s reach and fill them with foods such as sunflower seeds, cracked corn or peanuts. When all of this is finished, you just have to lay back and watch your garden turn into a safe haven for birds.
This may also come as a surprise, but keeping pests away does not necessarily imply spraying harmful substances on your plants. Your first option is making a DIY insecticide out of neem oil. You can find neem oil at gardening stores and a lot of them offer instructions on how to use it as an insecticide beforehand. Your second option is growing plants that attract pest-eating insects. There are certain bugs which feed on aphids and you can turn your garden into their home by growing plants such as: dill, coriander, parsley, lemon balm, dandelions, fennel and marigold. Among the superhero bugs that feed on these crops are the ladybug and the hoverfly.
Ditch the lawn
This one is a bit more extreme, but it helps protect wildlife very effectively. Lawn grass is an invasive species and it will hardly let any other crops develop in its presence. Moreover, bees can’t pollinate it and it requires copious amounts of water. Try replacing your lawn with a creeping myrtle bed and you will be rewarded with beautiful striking purple flowers springing up all over your garden. However, it is worth noting that if you live an area where it rains heavily during the summer, lawn might not be as dangerous for the environment as it is in dry areas.
I hope this advice has helped you and, as soon as the weather is on your side, you will start putting together your wildlife oasis at once.
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