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How to create your wildlife friendly garden

  • Include plants in your garden that attract pollinators. Single flowers which are funnel shaped or flat are excellent at providing nectar and pollen.
  • Bees tend to prefer certain colours such as white, yellow and blue flowers.  Iberis, Veronica, Phlox, Astrantia, Circium, Achillea, Nepeta, Geums, Pulmonaria and Delphiniums are all excellent suggestions.
  • Plants such as flowering herbs such as Lavender are also great additions.
  • Include a diverse variety of plants and select species that flower over different times to ensure there is a prolonged food source for the beneficial insects.
  • Try to refrain from cutting wildflower areas right back so to provide winter habitation and seeds as a food source for birds.
  • Try Companion Planting as a way to help prevent pest and disease
  • Native shrubs and trees such as Betula are great as they provide shelter and food for a wide array of insects.
  • Berried hedging and trees are a good source of food for birds such as Sorbus and Crab Apple, Beech, Hazel and Hawthorn are good native choices for hedging.
  • Build a bug hotel to provide shelter, nesting areas and protection, even a pile leaves will suffice.
  • Perhaps incorporate a bird table, bird feeder or water feature to provide food and drink for wildlife.
  • Use Peat Free compost and soil-enrichers which are an organic and nature friendly way to keep your plants healthy.

We have listed some ideas below to help you to create your own wildlife friendly garden.  You could tick off what you have already and then have a look for something else you could add to your outdoor space or to environmentally improve your area. 

Flowers all year round

 

Bird Feeders

 

Native flowers

 

Bat box

 

Spring bulbs

 

Bird box

 

A wild flower patch or pot

 

Bug hotel

 

An uncut wild patch

 

Bee hotel

 

Area of long lawn grass

 

Pond without fish

 

Climbing plants

 

Pond with fish

 

Hanging baskets

 

Native pond plants

 

Stepped planters

 

A boggy area

 

Window boxes

 

A green roof

 

Bee bricks

 

Use peat-free compost

 

Swift bricks

 

Make your own compost

 

Ordinary planters

 

Natural Fertilizers

 

Potted shrubs

 

Use no pesticides

 

Berry bushes

 

Use no weed killer

 

Fruit trees

 

Plant bare rooted plants not potted ones

 

A hedgerow

 

Grow some of your own food

 

Mature trees

 

Plant seeds directly into the ground.

 

New tree/s

 

YOUR OTHER SUGGESTIONS:

 

A water butt

 

 

 

Hedgehog highway

 

 

 

Hedgehog house

 

 

 

Look out for our wildlife friendly displays in all Blue Diamond Garden Centres