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Spring has arrived once again, where does the time go? As the fields begin to fill with flowers, and the bleat of lambs once again becomes a thing of the present, we are faced with the gut-wrenching realisation that we haven’t paid any attention to our back garden since late November – and no, looking out through the kitchen window doesn’t count.

Although the idea of beginning to work on your garden, ready for the summer months, may sound like one of the most tedious tasks I could ever bestow upon you, let’s think a little more positively. Spring is a beautiful season, and the best way to embrace the season is to adapt to it. Plant a vegetable garden, some pretty new flowers and clean up the weeds; turn your dull, grey garden into a colourful, blooming haven… and not just for you.

As humans, we don’t have it so bad. We live in houses, purposefully built to ensure that we don’t suffer from bad weather conditions, or any dangers of the ‘outside world.’ So it’s safe to say we definitely have it much better than the poor creatures that live outdoors in dire conditions, regardless of what we are used to.

This year, why not create a garden that not only you can enjoy, but wildlife too? I know what you’re thinking, but bears don’t really tend to hang around in back alleyways and I’m pretty sure crocodiles aren’t used to the British climate. Of course I’m not asking that you open up a miniature zoo in your back garden… I imagine zoo animals are a pretty steep investment. But for the ‘wildlife’ that does manage to make it’s way into our homes; foxes, birds, rabbits, and so on, you can easily turn your garden into something that will attract them, and fascinate you.

I’ve compiled a short list of some factors, which may just help you to get completely rid of the resounding winter months and create a beautiful outdoor area, which a variety of species can enjoy.

Keep it green

Although it may be in fashion to have a purpose-built patio area that you only use when it’s hot enough for a barbeque, adding a grassy area always looks so appealing. The upkeep is a little more extensive; mowing the lawn every now and again, and checking for messes left by visiting animals or pets, but the overall benefits are definitely worth it. A more rural area will immediately appeal to local wildlife much more than an urban one as animals will be drawn to a natural habitat.

Lawn

Plant a tree

Yes, this may be planning slightly ahead, but if it’s done now then there’s less time to wait. Trees are homes to birds, bats, squirrels and smaller creatures such as woodlouse and termites. The visual component of having a tree in your garden is also equally as pleasing as knowing your garden could be filled with creatures. Place some bird houses adapted to the birds around your area in and around the tree too, maximizing the potential of some visitors.

Planting a tree

Grow your own food

This is a bit of a tricky one. Not the task in itself, but the outcome. Growing your own vegetables may become a problem when out in the open, – due to the risk of ‘wildlife’ eating the produce and therefore ruining the aesthetic of the garden – however, an investment in a greenhouse could be the perfect solution. The colour and atmosphere around the produce will continue to attract animals, yet the shelter will prevent them from eating or ruining the food.

Grow your own

We have a range of products at Hillsborough Fencing that could kick-start the journey to an animal-friendly garden and ensure that you have everything you need to help you along the way.

Take at look at our range of products online, or pop into store, where one of our friendly customer advisors will be on hand to help you out with anything you need.

Happy Gardening!

 

 

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