How to attract the birds to the 'party'
AT Secret Garden Landscaping, we are always trying to get the most out of the gardens that we build and to maximise space.
A great way to do this is to incorporate things which attract wildlife.
A garden that has plenty of birds and insects is a lot more interesting than one which is bereft of life.
When you see different varieties of birds using your garden, by eating berries and insects, or by nesting, it's a good sign that the garden is a healthy environment.
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Wildlife brings a garden to life, as the actions of the creatures that visit give it movement.
The easiest way to attract wildlife is to include plants that insects like. Flowers with bright colours will attract bees, which are always fascinating to watch and, if left to themselves, won't harm you.
Hover flies are also attracted, which is great as they like to eat pests such as green fly. Planting nectar-rich plants like buddleia will also attract butterflies.
Enticing birds to a garden is also fairly easy. If you provide the food, the birds will come to the party.
Planting trees and shrubs that have berries gives birds a chance to have a feast. A good way to attract the birds you want is to have a bird table or feeding station. Different birds like different food, so peanuts will attract blue tits and seeds will attract finches.
Building a feeding station can give you the opportunity to incorporate a fun and interesting structure and at the same time allow you to feed local wildlife.
We often try to include a water feature into a garden which is both pleasant to look at and a habitat for all kinds of creatures.
Frogs and newts will soon make a home in ponds, while insects and birds using it for a drink and a bath. A place for water doesn't always have to be as large as a pond, however, since an old tub filled with water can be just as enticing.
An ongoing project that Secret Garden has been working on is this renovation of a suburban front garden into a haven for wildlife. First of all, a hedge with native plants was planted, providing structure and a boundary to the garden, as well as a habitat for birds and insects.
Instead of leaving space for a driveway, the garden was completely planted with trees shrubs and perennials, which limit weeds and provide a pleasant environment to walk through on the way in and out of the house each day.
Annually, the garden has a thick layer of mulch laid on to it.
This really highlights the plants and provides lots of nutrients for them. The mulch is also home to some of the smallest creatures, providing the first step in a garden's food chain.
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