In a climate-friendly garden, you plant strategically to attract natural predators to take care of the pests you don’t want in your garden. Here are some ways you can work to attract wildlife to your garden to help care for your garden naturally. Doing this means you don’t need to use chemical pesticides or unnatural practices to keep a healthy garden.
Plant Trees, Hedges and Shrubs
Planting various trees and shrubs in different sizes and types will provide food for birds, bees, and other wildlife that benefit your garden. Providing nesting sites for many animals is good for the ecology of your garden.
Keep the Deadwood
Gardeners extensively use dying trees or parts of a dying tree. They are habitats for organisms that keep your garden ecosystem healthy. Fungi, mosses, and insects will attract birds to eat them. They are also habitats for snakes and other animals, so locate them strategically. Don’t worry; garden snakes are good because they eat rats and small mammals that will eat the food from your garden.
Create Water Features
Creating water features can also bring wildlife to your garden, such as frogs. Ensure that your water features are water catchment systems. Save rainwater by investing in containers to catch the water. You can also save your gray water from your washer or shower if you ensure that you use the suitable types of soaps and detergents that are safe.
Keep Some Grass Long
Plant longer grasses in some lawn areas. It provides cover for small animals, reptiles, and caterpillars. If you leave some of your grass uncut throughout the year, alternating the areas every couple of years to avoid the grass from becoming too coarse, you’ll create plenty of places for these animals to be where they help, not harm your garden.
It’s essential to plant a diversity of plants native to your area and the right plants for your area's climate. You can often discover wide varieties at locally owned garden centers instead of chain garden centers. Doing so will help cut down on pests.
Don’t automatically eliminate all wildflowers as “weeds.” Some of them are beautiful, and they can be precious to improve the ecology of your garden. They also provide food for insects and butterflies, encouraging pollination of your plants but less eating. Nettles are especially helpful for providing a breeding area for butterflies.
Put up Bird Houses and Nesting Boxes
If you’d like more birds in your garden, you can put nesting boxes on walls, fences and trees facing the right way to provide bird shelter. Put them up at least six to seven feet off the ground to protect them. Be sure to clean these boxes each year when the birds have left the boxes to cut down on parasites.
The beautiful thing about climate-friendly gardening practices is that they naturally attract just the right wildlife to your garden, helping you protect against disease and pests without chemicals and fuel-based pesticides.