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Best Supplies for Inviting Spring Wildlife into your Garden

Posted by on Apr 27 2018

Now that spring has finally sprung, it’s time for us to get back into our gardens! Rather than just enjoying the garden alone though, why not make the most of your little slice of nature by inviting all walks of nature in to enjoy it with you.  Here at CD Aquatics, we don’t just supply aquarium equipment, we also have a variety of the most important garden supplies – including everything you need if you’re wondering how to help garden wildlife. 

What is a wildlife garden?

A wildlife garden, also known as a wild garden, is more than just any old garden. It is a haven that prioritises wildlife conservation and catering to wild animals. In other words, you learn to share your garden environment with other living creatures like birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals by being considerate of their native habitats and recreating similar spaces in your own garden. If this sounds perfect for you, read on as we give you advice on exactly what you will need to create one, along with other fantastic wildlife garden ideas.

What does a wildlife garden need?

There are endless ideas out there for fun and exciting ways to invite wildlife into your garden, but there are three main features that we think are the most important things you’ll need to make a garden wildlife friendly: nutritious plants, bird food, and water. Let’s look into these features, the wildlife they have the power to attract, and the garden supplies you’ll need to set them up successfully. 

1.       Plants and hanging baskets: make your own butterfly garden…

To truly make your garden come alive, you’ll need to attract beneficial insects like butterflies. The best way to do this is to plant colourful flowers and shrubs. However, not everyone has time to slave away over gardening beds all day, so we’ve come up with an easy way to inject this brightness into your garden – with hanging baskets! Hanging baskets are a simple, cost-effective way to add flowers to your garden, and they are versatile because they allow you to rearrange your garden without digging anything up.

A common mistake when creating hanging basket arrangements is to use bedding plants that tend to be bred with a focus on long-lasting colour rather than on pollen and nectar. When choosing hanging basket plants for your wildlife garden, try using plants that not only make an attractive display, but also provide food for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Herb garden hanging baskets filled with Thyme, Catmint, Lavender, and other flowering herbs and basket bedding plants such as Bidens and Diascias, for example, are very appealing to bees. While plants that attract butterflies include Lobelia, Heliotrope, and Verbena. The larger variety of colours, scents, and sizes that you can create, the better, as this will make your hanging baskets tempting to as many different species as possible.

We have all the hanging baskets and planting accessories you need to start your very own hanging gardens for butterflies and bees.

2.       Bird feeders and bird food: watch out for the squirrels!

Another surprisingly easy way to entice nature to make its home in your garden is to set up some bird feeders, and perhaps a bird bath too, both of which will tempt many varieties of common garden birds to come your way.

Make sure to place your bird feeders securely, but fairly high up, so ground animals can’t threaten the birds. It’s also a good tip to make sure the feeders aren’t too close to your house, as movement from inside may make the birds nervous to come to near.

Different types of bird food and bird feeders attract different species of bird. For example, wild bird seed attracts robins (if scattered on a tray) and long tailed tits (if hanging in a feeder), whereas fat balls and suet block feeders are more likely to attract blue tits, great tits, and if you’re lucky, woodpeckers. Try to experiment with different types of food and feeder, but be careful to choose something sturdy, as there’s a possibility it may just turn into a squirrel feeder too. Those pesky squirrels still count though, so your wildlife garden will be doing its job one way or another!

If you’d like to help your little bird friends to a delicious treat, embellish your garden with something from our wild bird food and bird feeders range.

3.       Garden ponds: for more than just fish to enjoy…

Last but not least, the single easiest way to encourage wildlife to your garden is to introduce a water feature like a garden pond. If there’s anything we know a lot about, its pond supplies and aquatic equipment! But believe it or not, ponds provide fantastic habitats for all kinds of wildlife, not just fish.

By introducing a garden pond, you’ll begin to see an array of insects appearing, especially dragonflies. In turn, your garden will attract other creatures like frogs, tadpoles, toads, newts, ducks, and shrews. Another little-known fact is that hedgehogs love a good swim, so make sure to leave a little sloped edge into your pond so that various wildlife can dip in for a paddle.

Birds will also love the opportunity to drink and bathe in the water you provide for them. However, if you do have pond fish, it may be best to invest in a helpful heron decoy to keep the birds on their feeders and away from your fish friends.

For more handy information on water feature ponds, fishponds, pond pumps, and pond filters, take a look at our Pond Supplies Blog.

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