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15 ways to welcome wildlife into your garden

Do you want some fantastic wildlife in your suburban or farm garden? I've been reading a whole heap of magazines and books to show you 15 ways! They are easy to do and they are suitable for everyone's garden space. So, what are you waiting for come on and look at these special ways!

1. Make a Bird Bath

Provide fresh water for visitors in your garden such as birds and even lizards!

Well, how do I make one?

The materials are easy, all you need is a concrete bowl, a stand ( best off concrete too), and water, it's that easy! The best part is the reward is all the birds and other small animals lap it up, especially in summer when it's dry. It can be all colours all you need to do is make sure it's on the flat ground otherwise the birds won't come.

2. Cut Bushes Regularly

This encourages faster and denser growth where little birds and mammals can hide for cover. When you cut the bush back it stops growing taller and it tangles itself together making it a perfect spot for your native animals!

3. Make a Rock Pile in the Back of Your Garden

Make a rock pile in a sunny spot in the corner of your garden the lizards will thank you for the space. Also, this is a good hiding space for skinks and other lizards. They can bask in the sun all day long without too much disturbance.

What do I use?

You can use large rocks or logs at the bottom and smaller versions at the top. Make sure the wildlife has an easy escape just in case a bird comes to get them.

4. Attract beneficial insects

Use herbs and other smelling plants like Dill ( Anethum graveolens ) Parsley ( Petroselinum crispum ) and Garlic (Allium sativum). These three herbs don't just bring beneficial insects in, they also put yummy food on your plate!

5. Install a Nesting Box

Do you want to have baby birds in your own garden? Well, to stop the birds from flying backward and forwards for a couple of months trying to find a perfect spot for their nest, let alone build one! As trees are disappearing so are the natural hollows in trees, did you know that it takes 80 years for one hollow to start forming!!

6. Plant Long-Flowering Plants

There are lots of plants with a long period of flowering, some of these are Lavender (Lavandula) peppermint (Mentha × Piperita) and oregano (Origanum vulgare). You can do a whole heap more.

Note -bees can't see red, it turns out black and tends to be ignored.

7. Make Some Moving Water

The birds love the sound of moving water so why don't you go outside and start planning? Set it up in a sunny spot; all you need is a tub, a pump and some water and the birds will come rushing to your garden!

8. Plant Native Grasses or Succulents

There are lots of different types of native grasses and I'm sure you will find one suitable for your garden. Here are some you might have a go at, wallaby grass (Austrodanthonia Spp.), spear grass (Austrostipa Spp.), and kangaroo grass (Themeda Triandra).

9. Keep Butterflies Happy

Did you know that butterflies love fruit? If you didn't, then cut up some old rotting fruit an put it out for the butterflies. A slice will keep them busy for a couple of days or make a drink - 1 part sugar to 10 parts water. So what are you waiting for go outside and spot some butterflies!

10. Did you know you can feed birds?

All birds have the same eating pattern. If you are interested, why not buy a bird feeder to give it a go. Feed them some fruit and veggies, but only one cup so they can still forage in the wild. Don't forget to move the bird feeder often to stop mold and poop building up.

11. Attract Froggies

Do you have some old broken terracotta? Well, this project might help you recycle them! Bury the terracotta pots partially underground, then water the pipe or pot until damp that will make the frogs an amazing home.

12. Make an Insect Hotel

This hotel is an easy way to reuse some old wood. Stick it up on the side of a tree and you will definitely find some insects and beetles in it soon. All you need is a couple of logs and drill holes in it. If it's that easy have a try!

13. Don't Eliminate all Pests in your Garden

Most gardens can cope with a small number of slugs, snails, and aphids. These critters have their own natural remedy to fix them. Birds like to eat slugs and snails, and ladybugs like to eat aphids. Try not to use pesticides because it kills bees and other pollinators like butterflies and wasps.

14. Grow Winter-Flowering Shrubs

There are lots of natives like Red Lechenaultia (lechenaultia Formosa) tea tree (Leptospermum flavescens) and bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.) These shrubs provide food for bees in winter so they can have food all year round.

15. Install a Pond

Why don't you install a pond? It's very easy all you need is a small tub and fill it up with water. Make sure its on ground level so it's easier for insects and other animals to drink out of. Put some rock around it to make it a bit more wild like. Put a log or two just out of the water for butterflies and other small insects. If you want fish, its best to have natives. Some natives here are blue-eyes and rainbow fish. I recommend them because they are frog friendly and eat mosquitos. Unlike carp who would destroy your frog eggs and tadpoles.

I hope you can have some fun with these ideas at home in your garden. I'm looking forward to showing you some more. So get outside and grab your gloves snd some boots cause you going to get grubby!!

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