Benefits of Attracting Wildlife to Garden

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A garden needs to be alive to feel closer to the nature and to truly enjoy its beauty. Only a garden that is home to adorable plants and other living creatures including a number of bugs, small mammals, birds, reptiles, bees, butterflies and other wildlife species is in harmony with the nature. The bugs, frogs, hedgehogs, bats and other visitors of gardens therefore should not be driven away but attracted to the gardens. They do not only make the garden feel alive but also help keep it beautiful.

A careful selection of plants, well thought through garden layout and creation of wildlife habitat within the garden creates a natural balance between the inhabitants and visitors of gardens. The main benefit of attracting wildlife to garden – natural pest control is taken advantage by many organic gardeners to maximize their harvest without the use of non-natural methods because once a balance is created between the creatures living in the garden, none of them can prevail and cause damage to garden plants. Birds and ladybugs for instance significantly reduce the population of aphids and other plant-sucking insects, hedgehogs and frogs help control the slugs, while the bees and other pollinators cross-pollinate the plants which is crucial for fruit and seed production.

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Attracting wildlife to garden is important for environmental reasons too. As a result of urbanization and intensive agriculture, many native animal species are threatened with extinction, while the others including those that are essential for human welfare are declining at an alarming pace. Creation of wildlife-friendly gardens does not solve the problem with the maintenance of biodiversity but it greatly contributes to preservation of local wildlife because it offers a retreat to species which have lost their natural habitat due to human actions.

Most wild animal species come on their own to wildlife-friendly gardens but there are several ways to attract particular animals, such as birds, bees and bumblebees, pest-fighting insects, frogs, etc. Birds for instance can be attracted with bird feeders, nest boxes and birdbaths, while bees will visit any garden planted with nectar producing plants. Wasps tend to scrape your brand new teak garden furniture and use the exotic wood to build their nests. Frogs, on the other hand, will appreciate a pond and beneficial insects including ladybugs will move into a bug box. In addition to attracting wildlife and providing them a habitat, it is crucial to avoid all chemical products because they are highly toxic to both the animals and humans. In fact, they are often the root cause of problems with aphids and other pest insects because they drive away animal species that help control pests. The key to a wildlife-friendly garden is a complete harmony with the nature from its creation to maintenance.

Everyone benefits from wildlife gardens – the people and most certainly wildlife. Since the main idea of wildlife garden is to provide local wildlife a friendly environment, it needs to incorporate native vegetation. However, most wildlife species do not mind a combination of native plants, and non-native and visually appealing plants. Wildlife gardens are therefore both a heaven for wildlife and garden owners.