Attracting Wildlife to your Garden

baby hummingbirdsIt is nearing the end of winter—what are your plans for your garden this spring? This spring why don’t you figure your wild neighbours into your outdoor plans and create a wildlife garden?

Eight tips to make your gardens more wildlife-friendly:
1) Plant lots of colourful and scented flowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds
2) Ensure to include areas of shrubbery and low bushes to make homes for birds and small animals. Some varieties will provide berries attracting songbirds like cardinals and finches.
3) Install a pond or water feature to attract animals and birds as water is a necessary as food for wildlife too. If you have a bird bath ensure the water is changed daily or kept moving so as not to breed mosquitos.
4) Water gardens: include water plants in your pond. This attracts certain insects that frogs, turtles and fish eat. Water hyacinths, locus flowers, and lilies will oxygenate your pond and balance this ecosystem.
5) Housing for birds, bats, mason bees, butterflies and so on will attract and support the pollinators of our gardens as well as provide insect control for our outdoor space.
6) Rock piles near water can be decorative and functional for frogs and turtles to hide in.
7) Plant flowers that will sustain birds, butterflies, animals for all seasons. Remember to plant flowers that will sustain the caterpillars of our butterflies.
8) Organic gardening will ensure that your outdoor living space is in harmony with nature. Practice companion planting to attract the beneficial and deter the pests and to ensure the healthiest flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits and wildlife within your space. Never use pesticides or herbicides in your gardens.