How to draw natural wildlife into your backyard

Is your backyard the cornerstone of your house? If you spend your “me” time amongst the grass and trees, you might want to prep it up with some birds, butterflies, and some beneficial insects. Planting trees and flowers in a garden aren’t enough. In order to attract pleasant wildlife, you have to plant special type of trees and flowers.

There are many health benefits of having wildlife around, but having these types of insects and birds are really good for the plants. They aid in both pollution and even synthesis. It could be said that you owe your trees to take right steps and attract wildlife into your backyard.

Fortunately for you, it is not that difficult. Here are some easy ways you can achieve that.

Plant flowering trees that bloom again and again

One of the easiest and best ways to spice up a garden is, to populate it with perennials. Perennials are plants that bloom year after year.

Flowering shrubs like Butterfly Bush and Lilac are a good option. They attract a lot of wildlife and work wonders to the look and feel of your garden. The thing to keep in mind is that some perennials flowers take two years to fully bloom, some even take five. But that is the joy of gardening, isn’t it.

Through perennials flowers, here is wildlife you can expect:

  • Foxglove
  • Ice Plant
  • Firethorn
  • Purple Loosestrife
  • Thyme and Lavender
  • Sunflowers

Place a natural pond in the garden

Having a water feature in your backyard has a lot of benefits. Apart from looks, the mere sound of a water can cause a serenity unknown otherwise. Make sure you have pond surrounded by the following algae-eating plants:

  • Waterlilies
  • Water hyacinth
  • Lotus
  • Ferns
  • Parrot feathers
  • Ludwegia

With the help of these plants, you can keep the fish thriving. The fish will attract a few birds as well. It will be a party all around. Make sure that you have installed a fountain or a water running system as well.

The sound of fish and birds will be a huge psychologically relaxing feature for you. There have been many studies done on this phenomena.

Install birdhouses and other structures for animals

Birdhouses are not some decorative symbols only. They offer versatility to the bird population in your garden. If you can, install a feeder too. Feeders offer another way to maintain a specific group of birds. This way these birds can repeatedly visit your back garden.

You will have to do some research on the favorite food for birds. What birds like eat in a particular season, so don’t be shy to Google away. Buying food in bulk is another very good economic idea.

Also, think about small sheds, composting and other structures that sit off the ground that attracts smaller forms of wildlife such as hedgehogs.

Create a special “animal area”

This is an important step. Now you have various species of birds in your back garden. Surely you want some hens, squirrels, ducks, and peacocks too. If that is the case, make sure you create a hedge and create separate areas for animals that might find hard to co-exist.

Squirrels will eat away any bird feed. Cats will attack hens and so on. There are some things you have to think about. Plus, dividing animals with a hedge is a very effective way to manage them.


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