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Encouraging Animals Into Your Garden

One of the best things about having a garden is the opportunity it gives you to connect with nature. A lot of people lack this benefit in their daily lives, with city living making it hard to expose yourself to the natural world. This makes it worth taking advantage of the outdoor space you have, and this should be done with more than just some plants. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to encourage some animals into your garden, giving you the full balance of flora and fauna.

Food

Everyone knows that the best way into their pet’s heart is with food, and the same can be said for most of the other animals which live around you. Birds, for example, will always be attracted to bird feeders which are packed with delicious seeds for them to eat. You may even be able to attract some squirrels with these objects, though you will need to put food on the floor or on tables for larger birds. You can find hedgehog food online, and you may be able to attract some other animals with a little bit of cat food. Most animals will happily venture into a garden at night if they can get some food out of it.

Plants

Not a lot of people realise, but there are a lot of animals out there which will only care about a small range of plants. By putting them into your garden, you can attract loads of wildlife, and this is easier than you might think. Bees, for example, love the sight of a purple flower, and are far more likely to go to plants like this than any other. Likewise, butterflies have a strange attraction to buddleias, and planting one can fill your garden with these beautiful insects. Certain trees will attract birds, and those which bear fruit may even bring some mammals into your garden.

The Landscape

There are a lot of very common animals out there which people often don’t see, simply because the environments which they find suitable are rare in the modern world. Frogs, salamanders, and newts can be found across the globe, but you will need a pond to attract most of their varieties into your garden. Bushes can provide great hiding places, and a lot of animals will feel most at home somewhere overgrown, making it worth leaving a small section of your garden to become wild. It doesn’t take much to convince animals to come to your garden, though you have to take the first steps.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to fill your garden with life. This sort of process can be hard to manage, with a lot of people finding it hard to know what to do when they want to improve their garden. Of course, as time goes on, you will need to work hard to maintain your animal-friendly garden, but this will be well worth it.

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