Five Tips To Rewild Your Garden

More and more people are changing their view of gardening from a way to tame and control nature, to putting the natural process first, and nurturing a wildlife friendly habitat. Here are some tips to help make your garden an eco-paradise.

  1. Let the grass grow
    Just mow the grass closest to your house, and let the rest grow longer, to allow the natural sequence of flowers and seed heads take effect. You will soon have a natural meadow which will just need scything or cutting a few times a year.
  2. Plant a tree
    Choose a native tree which have the most impact on wildlife, as they have evolved over the centuries to meet each other’s’ needs, Rewilding Britain explains. Species such as silver birch, rowan, hawthorn, elderberry, holly, yew and crab apple are great choices, as are pear,
    plum, apple, and cherry trees.
  3. Embrace mess and decay
    Often, the things we have come to see as untidy can provide a refuge for wildlife. Don’t worry about piles of leaves, dropped twigs or branches, plant clippings, and compost heaps. These will all be busy decomposing and returning nutrients into the ground, and will be home to a wonderous variety of small creatures.
  4. Avoid chemicals and paints
    Avoid using any herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, as these kill off important insect life. Also be very careful when choosing paints and preservatives to put on your shed and garden furniture, as some contain toxins which can leech into the soil.
  5. Add water features
    Ponds will encourage all kinds of wildlife to your garden, from birds, hedgehogs, and insects, to frogs, newts, and toads. Fish can have an adverse impact on the diversity of native wildlife in the pond, so it is best to avoid adding them. When digging a pond, build tiers into
    the sides to help young aquatic life get out, and any hedgehogs that should fall in.

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