Protecting Wildlife This Summer

Protecting Wildlife This Summer

Protecting wildlife is becoming increasingly more important these days. With bees, butterflies, hedgehogs and more having difficulty to find suitable land to call a home, we need to do our best to help. Keep reading for tips on protecting wildlife this Summer.

Protecting Wildlife This Summer

 

Protecting wildlife is becoming increasingly more important these days. With bees, butterflies, hedgehogs and more having difficulty to find suitable land to call a home, we need to do our best to help. Keep reading for tips on protecting wildlife this Summer.

 

 

Plant with wildlife in mind

 

Bees pollinate many of our crops so the least we can do is create a little welcoming home for them in our garden. Flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees so plant lots of lavender, sage, buttercup, geranium and thyme to keep them happy. Make sure that you use single flowered plants as this is easier for bees to access the pollen. 

Butterflies are also at risk of becoming endangered so planting flowers rich in nectar will benefit them greatly. Your garden doesn't have to turn into a jungle, however. Create one small corner where wildlife can happily thrive. A section at the back of your garden would be ideal.

 

Bird friendly gardens

 

We all love seeing birds visit our garden. Kids and adults alike enjoy the sight of them fluttering around and hearing them tweet. As well as being a pleasant sight to see, birds actually help keep pests and little critters away from your garden and your plants. Birds eat aphids, slugs and more so all your hard work doesn't go to waste. Reward them by installing a bird bath and leaving out a good mixture of food such as seeds and nuts. 

Placing some stones in your garden for birds and butterflies to rest on is also a great idea. if possible, set these stones down in direct sunlight. Planting native trees and shrubs will also ensure a few feathery visitors. These could also encourage nesting and give them adequate shelter and protection.

 

 

Water is key

 

Bees, birds and butterflies all need water. A bird bath or a shallow saucer of water will give them a helping hand. If possible, a water fountain would be a great addition for birds to give themselves a wash.

A pond is a great way to invite wildlife in your garden and give them a happy home. Don't add any fish to this pond however, as they may not last very long... Ponds normally attract wildlife such as frogs so try and create a slope for easy access in and out. They also prefer shallow water so don't fill your pond too high. 

 

Ditch the chemicals

 

Avoid garden products with chemicals that can seriously harm and even kill wildlife. You can normally find a chemical free alternative to most of your products. If possible, avoid the use of pesticides and fertilisers. Don't hesitate to pop in and speak to one of our horticulturists to help choose the right one for you.

 

 

 

More questions?

If you have any questions about how you can do your part, pop in store, call us on 021-4888134 or email us on info@thepavilion.ie.

 

 

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