Garden Bugs: Top Tips on How to Protect Your Backyard or Front Lawn’s Natural Garden Fauna
Good garden bugs are so important for our garden's health, and we should be trying every way possible to make sure that we attract the good bugs and that these garden insects have what they need to stay. Read the article below from one of our readers on the matter.
Good Garden Bugs need a Garden!
"Instead of focusing all your efforts into designing and remodelling the interiors of your house, why don’t you try sprucing up your home's exterior with a garden?
If you have a backyard or a front lawn, planting trees, shrubs or even having a vegetable garden is a great way to enhance the look of your home. Not only that, but it will also help the environment or give you a food source if you are planting vegetables and herbs.
Garden Bugs: Top Tips on How to Protect Your Natural Garden Fauna
Let’s say that you have already started growing a number of plants in your garden. In order to maintain the ecological balance in the area, you need to make sure that you are attracting wildlife as well. Birds, bees, butterflies, hedgehogs, worms, as well as other insects and animals will maintain that ecological balance in the outdoor space that you created.
But what if you just started creating your garden and there are no wildlife visitors yet? There are actually a good number of things that you can do to attract wildlife into your garden. They will also boost the number of flowering plants that you have through pollination, get rid of unwanted pests and simply maintain that intended balance of nature in your garden.
The first thing that you can do is create a compost bin. For this, you will pretty much be recycling the biodegradable wastes in your kitchen. Once earthworms, snails, spiders and other insects are present on the compost, its quality will be enhanced and they are also a great food source for birds.
If you want to attract good garden bugs such as frogs and toads, simply turn a broken or unused flower pot upside down – which can serve as a cool shelter for them. Hedgehogs can be attracted by leaving a pile of logs in your garden. For bees, what you can do is drill a few holds in the logs or firewood in your garden.
Butterflies are attracted to ivy so grow some, can you can also leave a container of clean water for them to drink – perhaps with a flower to attract the butterflies even more.
Finally, make sure that the wildlife that you will attract will not be harmed so make use of only organic and natural insecticides and pesticides instead of artificial pesticides and fertilizers. More importantly, keep your family pets away from the garden."
About the Author - Emma Spivey writes for floating solar fountain , her personal hobby blog focused on tips to design and eco-friendly garden using solar power.
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