Spring is finally right around the corner and it’s time to think about all the wonderful things you’ll see in your garden. Gone with the grey and cold weather, wet and yellow grass, and soggy driveways – now it’s all about paving way for sunny afternoons and the sound of little garden birds.
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Speaking of garden birds; did you know that there are a few tried-and-tested ways to make sure that the wildlife enjoys their time in your garden? They’ve had a long and hard winter as well, you know, and particularly those that stayed behind rather than heading over to warmer areas.
Here is a handful of ways to take better care of the wildlife in your area so that you can not only feel good about yourself but also get to enjoy their happiness right outside your window a bit more.
First: Clean the feeders
A garden in spring is perfect for wildlife, and you’ll probably notice how the fallen apples, ripe berries, and seeds of plants you’ve left behind for them during the cold months have kept them returning for more.
As the weather gets increasingly warmer, on the other hand, birds tend to seek out food from the areas they already know. Clean out those feeders while it’s still winter by soaking them in sterilizing fluid, and keep washing them regularly to make it pleasant for the birds. Fill them with sunflower hearts, for example, and watch how they invite their friends over later on.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pond in your garden, you should clean it between October and January when the wildlife activity is at its lowest. It’s a good idea to put a few clay tiles at the bottom of your pond, by the way, to make it a bit cosier for overwintering frogs.
If you didn’t do this the coming winter, make sure that you treat them to this when October is back.
Next: Provide other types of food
Birds do enjoy other snacks than just seeds, though, and it all depends on the kind of birds you have in your area. You can have a look at this article to learn more about the different types of foods that birds like, by the way, and see if you’re able to serve them a platter.
After raking and gathering leaves while preparing for spring, it’s a great idea to gather them all up under the shrubs in your garden. Larvae and beetles like to hang out there, so you’re giving your garden birds a snack platter while making their space a bit tidier as well.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that your garden shed has been standing undisturbed by humans for a few months. It’s still a bit warmer in there than outside so remember to check if you’ve gained another tenant at home during the cold months; hedgehogs, in particular, like to seek shelter in there.
When summer is over and you’re packing away your gardening equipment, it’s a good idea to make sure that there’s nothing in there that they can get tangled up in and hurt themselves on as well.
That way, you can feel confident that your garden creatures are perfectly safe and grateful for your loving care.
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