Are you tired of looking out onto an unused, pristine and flat lawn? Or perhaps you’re just tired of mowing it to keep it trim, but feeling so little satisfaction for it? If you’d like to see a little more color, wildlife and plant life in your garden, then it’s time to get to work!
You can start with simple and popular ideas, such as building your own birdhouse. The design you choose should be a suitable size for common birds in your area, but should also offer some protection from squirrels. If you don’t mind squirrels, you can create your own squirrel run – a sort of mini assault course which the squirrels will happily complete in return for the reward which awaits them at the end of it. You can find plenty of designs for these things online and it’s always more satisfying to make by yourself – as that way you can make any adjustments you’d like more easily, and give it a personal touch in the process. Choose wood which is in keeping with your garden and use the correct tools – it’s important to choose a saw which is suited to you and your task, as Straight Kerfs clearly explained. Be sure, also to choose the right feed – quite often country stores and even hardware stores stock seed and will be able to advise you properly.
More and more popular are log piles. If you have a log burner, you’ll likely use most of your wood on it, but occasionally you’ll find dead wood which isn’t in a great condition for burning. You can make a pile of this in a corner of your garden. Brash also goes great with it, as does earth. Depending on the climate and fauna of the area, you could have frogs, newts and ladybugs living there before long, or perhaps bees who will pollenate your flowers. If you create a log pile in the shape of a teepee, you could attract hedgehogs, too.
Flowers are an obvious way to bring life to a garden, along with colors and smells. In your local garden center you’ll be able to get advice as to what is suitable to plant in your area and to achieve your goals. If you want to limit the amount of work you have to do, it’s better to go with perennials. Otherwise, you could chop and change as the flowers bloom and die.
A shallow-edged pond isn’t difficult to build at all and can attract a wealth of wildlife. At first you’ll see water insects, newts and frogs, but you’ll probably also attract plenty of birds, too. If you are planning to create a fish pond, ask around and do your research, as you could end up simply providing a delicious meal for the local birds.
If you have room in part of your garden, consider planting a large tree, such as an oak. Be careful with your planning, as oak roots grow deep and far and you don’t want to cause problems with your neighbor’s property or the foundations of your house, for example. If your area suffers from hurricanes or other wind storms, it’s probably not a good idea. But otherwise, large trees which grow thick, tall and old, provide a great habitat for all kinds of wildlife.
With everything to look at and look out for in your new garden, you’d be crazy not to want to spend more time there. Build and put out a table and some chairs for you to relax on. Come and sit outside at different times of day. As the sun is rising you’ll hear all manner of different calls as the wildlife wakes up. You’ll see birds in flight overhead, or returning to their nests to feed their young. In the middle of a warm day you’ll watch the bees busy at work, pollenating the flowers that you so lovingly planted.
Having such a garden and being able to enjoy it can make a drastically positive difference to your general mood and state of mind. By feeling more connected to nature and other forms of life, you feel more in tune with yourself. The inhabitants of your new garden are like a new family. Love them and treat them well.