birds, insects – how to lure them?

Useful animals in the garden – how to attract birds and insects into the garden? Here are proven ways to get animals to love your yard.

Even the most ardent admirers of concrete, determined amateurs of the urban lifestyle, look for every opportunity to create a piece of greenery for themselves. Gardens and gardens appear not only in single-family or terraced houses, but also in single-storey apartments in multi-family buildings, on their roofs, terraces and large balconies. Such a garden enclave in the middle of the city gives a real peace of mind, involves you in physical work, helps to de-stress after hours of mental work and, what can be said, is mostly the aesthetic apple of the owner.

The garden takes on a life of its own

The lucky few who have their own homes are increasingly discovering that their garden is not theirs alone, once they learn to handle plants and garden infrastructure; That the garden is inhabited by animals

  • small mammals,

  • small reptiles

  • amphibians,

  • birds,

  • insects.

The garden has a life of its own. Some garden owners try to get rid of the guests at all costs (it is difficult to call them uninvited…), but the vast majority are happy with their arrival and tries to make the area as animal-friendly as possible.

Birds in the garden

The presence of winged newcomers in a garden is one of its great joys. When birds they don’t just love our garden they will reduce the pest populationbut they will also treat us to daily concerts and teach us… how to adjust watches.

From April to July the birds sing, rattle, whistle, scream and chirp. In May, and especially in June, when it gets light after three o’clock, the birds can be heard in the garden – and not in random order. Cinderella and nightingales usually start their wake-up call and are then joined by blackbirds, finches and goldfinches. Just before leaving the house, around seven and eight, a song thrush or oriole speaks.

bird feeders

While many of us only think of the needs of birds as winter approaches, it’s worth looking after the garden’s winged regulars and permanent residents all year round. It’s good to know that the birds that are fed in the winter months constantly fly into the garden: we can’t suddenly stop adding treats to the bird feeder, because they are used to their canteen, they could starve. The natural supplement of the bird’s diet will be:

  • perennial seeds left in the garden,

  • fruit of plants that remain on the branches for a long time in autumn and winter (hawthorn, wild rose, ivy, snowball).

See which bird facilities you can place in your garden

bird drinkers

Birds also need access to water all year round† A bird water bottle for the garden can also be a great decorative element. Keep in mind that:

  • it should be placed in a secluded place – away from playing children or pets,

  • works best located in a slightly shaded position

  • it needs to be cleaned regularly (the walls of the ceramic drinking trough can become overgrown with seaweed),

  • must be regularly topped up with water

Nest boxes

If the birds feel comfortable in our garden, it is worth taking them seriously and getting them settled. For this purpose in early spring (until mid-March) or in the autumn we place nest boxes on the trees. It is worth making sure that they are made of raw wood (paints, varnishes or impregnations can discourage and even harm birds) and placed at the correct height.

Good nest box:

  • it must have a sufficiently large opening – however, it must not be too large so that it does not give access to aggressive bird invaders lurking for small tenants of the cubicle,

  • it should not be in full sun or full shade,

  • it should be placed so that the chicks are not exposed to driving rain or high winds (the entrance did not face west or southwest).

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The gardeners who take care of birds are rewarded not only with their concerts, but also with the opportunity to observe their activity all year round. Such observations by many gardeners have already made them reach for a camera – many bird species tolerate the presence of humans and allow them to watch their baths on hot days in a garden drinker or evolutions made on ingeniously arranged winter feeders in the form of balls or wreaths.

Bug Hotels

In order for the garden to bloom beautifully and bear fruit, we must ensure that pollinating insects live in it

  • Bee,

  • wild mason bees (they are more efficient at pollinating flowers than honey bees, they do not swarm and do not sting),

  • bumblebees.

The garden also needs underrated predators: ladybugs and golden eyes, which feed on aphids† Professionally made hotels and bug houses, placed in the right places, are sure to be settled by newcomers. It’s worth a seat plants that attract insects: daisies, sunflowers, snapdragons, lavender, marigoldsit is best to choose long-blooming so that the insects have food all season long.

Where did the idea for insect houses come from?

The idea of ​​building hotels or houses for insects arose in response to alarming news about the mass disappearance of bees and other pollinating insects (in Poland 15-20% of bees are killed every year and pollinate as much as 84% ​​of all plants! ).

Such structures can be purchased as ready-made decorative elements or elements of small landscaping. You can also make them yourself, using what we find in the garden :pAttics, shelves, bark, reeds, plants with hollow stems or unnecessary checkered stones.

Whether we buy a ready-made insect hotel or design it ourselves, it is important that it has the most diverse structure, with elements tailored to the needs of different types of insects† And yes:

  • bees prefer hollow stems (e.g. bamboo sticks),

  • beetles choose wooden logs with hollow holes,

  • ladybugs such as straw bundles or pine twigs

  • the golden eyes like to nestle in the multi-layered cardboard.

Modern construction significantly limits insect access to natural seats – wooden thatched roofs have disappeared and the presence of insects in cellars or attics (holes in beams or bricks) is considered undesirable.

Biodiversity is good!

From time to time there are voices that by building houses with a diversified structure on insects, we increase the chances of parasitic insects. Even if this happens, the birds that inhabit our garden can easily cope with it and biodiversity is never harmful to the garden.

The insect house must be covered, and the roof must be insulated so that it does not leak. You can plant it with moss or sedum. It is important that the place for insects is partly sunny and partly in the shade and in a quiet place. The hotel bug can be placed on the ground or attached to a tree† As with nesting boxes, insect hutches and hotels should not be treated with paint, varnish or impregnating agents.

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Overview

Beneficial insects and birds in the garden keep it buzzing with life all year round. And they are not the only animals that want to live in such a manageable green enclave. There will probably also be:

  • hedgehogs (they will help us get rid of snails, larvae of harmful insects and rodents),

  • lizards (they eat snails and insects, as well as earthworms)

  • frogs (they eat intrusive flies or mosquitoes, and squatting snacks – stubborn pests).

If you want to maintain the biodiversity in your garden, remember that by planting certain plants you also invite certain animals into your garden. It is worth taking this into account when planning plants.

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