Would you love a garden that had a little more nature and life, but you don’t want it to be out of control? You can. Read on to find out how.
Would you love a garden that had a little more nature and life, but you don’t want it to be out of control? It can be easy to let your garden become overgrown to attract lots of wildlife but that isn’t practical, functional or aesthetically pleasing for most homeowners.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to rewild a garden without it having to look messy. You can have the best of both worlds.
There is a lot in the media about rewilding large portions of agricultural land, moors, pastures and other private and public spaces. The benefits of this are huge in regards to the environment and local ecosystems. You can create your own tiny version of this in your own garden. Even better, you can do it in tiny ways that have a big impact. If you love the planet, nature and want to do your bit, this is a really great way to get started.
There are lots of solutions to rewilding a garden in a way that doesn’t compromise its overall function and aesthetic. Here are some suggestions:
Wait A Little Longer To Cut Your Lawn
When your lawn grows out it may grow daisies and dandelions. Rather than kill these plants, or cut the lawn the moment they show up, why not wait just a touch longer to make the cut? This gives the diverse range of insects who benefit from them just a little bit longer to make use of them before the next lawn maintenance session.
Let The Weeds Grow Between The Cracks
It is easy to want to rip out any plant in the wrong place, especially weeds like dandelions, forget me nots and primrose. However, if you can leave some of these weeds around for a while, you will benefit the local environment greatly. Lots of little bugs love to take residence in these weeds. Woodlouse, ants and centipedes love living in the roots and bases of these plants. Birds then feed on these insects, and maybe even the snails eating your veggie patch too, which is a bonus.
Make Special Wildlife Sections
You can add very easy-to-make devices and areas to your garden to help the local wildlife. One thing could be a literal wild patch. A part of the garden that grows wild and perhaps has a little wild flower seed added to enhance the appeal for bees and wasps. You could also grab a few bits of old furniture, pallets, wooden boxes, canes and garden pots from your cheap self storage unit and create special pieces for the garden. Consider making:
- A bee hotel
- An insect hotel
- A hedgehog house
- A ground animal water dish
- A bird bath
- A bird feeder
Add More Pot Plants
If you can’t make your garden wilder in your beds and other ground areas, perhaps you can add some contained ‘wild’ elements instead. This is especially useful if you rent and can’t adjust the garden you have access to. Try adding some bee friendly shrubs like lavender, hydrangea and quince. Dahlia, daffodils, tulips, cosmos and lobularia maritima all work well in pots too.
Create A Woodpile
Any old furniture in storage that you don’t want could be broken apart and piled securely, creating a haven for all kinds of wildlife. Just be sure it isn’t a pile you then pull apart for a fire, disturbing the animals and insects that have taken residence within it.
“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” – Andy Warhol
Rewilding a garden can be really easy, and it doesn’t have to render your backyard ugly, messy or impractical. For the love of nature, the environment and a more wild aesthetic quality to your garden, why not try letting it go a little more untamed this year?