March 7, 2019
When we’re designing your dream garden there are lots of aspects to take into account, from your lifestyle to topography, from cost-efficiency to noise. One important aspect which is often forgotten is wildlife. With spring upon us, now is a great time to think about ways of inviting nature into your garden.
When you step into your garden, if you feel the natural thrum of life revolving about you, you will automatically feel calmer, connected to a bigger whole and more at peace. From the trees overhead and the grass underfoot, to the blooming flowers and the buzzing insects that pollinate them. Many gardens that we initially encounter are limited in their capabilities to encourage nature to embrace them. Gardens that lack a rich diversity of wildlife can often discourage adventure and exploration, meaning the outdoor space is less likely to be used. When we design a garden, there are many things we do to encourage the fauna, as well as the flora, to flourish and make you want to get out and revel in the life that pervades your outdoor space.
If you want to encourage wildlife, it can help to understand what factors motivate animals to venture into your garden. The key thing to consider to make this happen is biodiversity; all animals have a certain place in the food web, and if the food of the animal can’t be found in your garden, it’s unlikely that they’ll come to visit. That means that to get the animals you want, you need to encourage other animals in. The base of every food chain is the sun: the sun feeds the plants, the plants feed the insects and the insects feed the bigger animals, from the birds to the hedgehogs to the reptiles; and that is the crux of getting the more interesting animals into your garden – give them what they want, their food.
Ways to encourage wildlife
A pollinator is any animal that moves between plants, fertilising them with pollen they’ve picked up on their journeys, allowing the plants to produce fruit or seeds. Of course, this is an extremely important job; without pollinators, plants wouldn’t be able to reproduce, and without plants, we’d be in big trouble. That’s why it’s important to help pollinators as much as possible.
Some of the most important pollinators in the UK are bees, which fertilise our crops and wildflowers. Dewlands Garden Design is an active member of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and we do what we can to help bumblebee populations – which have crashed over the past century – to flourish.
Making a wildlife–friendly garden has a two-fold benefit: it makes your garden a beautiful space that invites and enthrals us when we step outside, but it also means that our native species are looked after and are given the freedom to explore our gardens. That’s why we endeavour to work with our clients to make our garden design projects wildlife friendly, wherever possible.