Many eco-conscious animal lovers are deterred from the notion of synthetic lawn due to the belief that artificial grass and wildlife don’t go hand in hand, but is artificial grass really bad for wildlife? Quite simply, no. You’ll be thrilled to know that synthetic lawn is safe for all pets and animals!
Although the installation of artificial grass will cause no harm to your garden’s wildlife, you might want to put measures in place to ensure that your garden is as wildlife-friendly as possible. Here at Artificial Lawn Company, we’re extremely conscious of our impact on the environment and want to share some top tips for creating a wildlife-friendly sanctuary.
Make a Hedgehog Home
As winter approaches, hedgehogs will be desperately searching for shelter to nest and hibernate in. You can make their lives so much easier by using any leftover wood that you have lying around to build a hedgehog house. The design doesn’t have to be elaborate; a simple box or crate will also suffice. All you need to do is fill the house with straw or hay and place it in a quiet corner that is slightly covered with leaves and branches.
Once you have made the home, you’ll need to consider how hedgehogs will gain access to your garden. One simple way of putting your garden within reach is by fashioning a hole at the bottom of your fence that small animals can crawl under. Otherwise, you might replace the fence entirely with a hedge so that little creatures can make their way through the branches.
Build a Bee Hotel
Bees are essential creatures to our ecosystem and in order for your garden to reach optimal wildlife-friendliness, a bee hotel is a necessity. Building a hotel for bees is incredibly simple; all it requires is taking a piece of wood and drilling several holes into it. If you don’t have any spare wood lying around, you can also get a plastic bottle and fill it with hollow stems and twigs.
Your bee hotel should be positioned in direct sunlight, roughly a metre off the ground. It’s imperative that it stays dry and that the entrance isn’t blocked; you can ensure this by fixing it to a post, fence, or wall.
Like bees, butterflies also play a vital role in the pollination process, meaning that they must also be catered to in a wildlife-friendly garden. You can encourage butterflies to pay a visit to your garden by planting vibrantly coloured flowers with strong scents. For example, cosmos, lavender, and marigolds are ideal for enticing butterflies.
As well as flowers, you can attract butterflies by making a butterfly feeder from an upside-down wine bottle. Inside the bottle, you should place a sponge soaked in sugar water. Not only will this benefit butterflies, but small birds will also be able to feast on this sugary delight!
What you purchase in the garden centre plays a huge role in the wildlife-friendliness of your garden. Certain plants may cause more harm than good to wildlife so it’s important to take note when garden shopping. Bluebells, buttercups, carnations, chrysanthemums, and daffodils can all pose a potential threat to small animals. Do your research ahead of buying plants and consult a member of staff about the effect of the plants that you’re buying.
Feed the Birds
Bringing a birdfeeder into your outdoor space is one of the simplest ways to make your garden a more wildlife-friendly environment. You can purchase bird feeders and birdseed from all manner of retailers but, if you’re conscious about reusing and recycling waste, you can make your own.
All you’ll need is a plastic bottle that you can fill with your leftovers to minimise waste. Similarly, you can transform your food waste into balls by binding it with lard. The best foods for birds include rice, cooked pasta, nuts, fruit, mashed potato, peas, and sweetcorn.
Compost is another great way to put your food waste to good use whilst benefitting your garden’s wildlife. Not only does compost sustain your plants which in turn benefits wildlife, but many creatures seek shelter in compost heaps due to its warmth.
You can start a compost heap by layering organic household waste such as coffee, teabags, vegetable peel, and fruits. In addition to these, you can add leaves, pine needles, straw, hay, newspapers, cardboard, sawdust, grass clippings, manure, and other fertilisers.
Make a Rock Garden
A rock garden is an insect’s equivalent to patio furniture; this is where small creatures can come to lounge in the sun and shade themselves when it gets too hot. All you need to do is place flat stones in one area of your garden which insects will see as a sanctuary.
Dig a Pond
Water is essential for hosting amphibian guests, and building your own pond isn’t a difficult task. As long as you have branches and stones surrounding the area, creatures will be able to get in and out of the pond with ease. Furthermore, plants such as waterlilies are vital to the oxygenation of the water which prevents the water from getting stagnant. In addition to providing a living space for amphibians, a pond will give other animals a means of getting a drink of water on a hot day.
Get in Touch with Artificial Lawn Company
Here at ALC, we love animals and want to ensure that gardens across the country are able to accommodate wildlife. With the time that you save on lawn maintenance, you can invest more time into building a wildlife-friendly sanctuary. If synthetic grass is the way forward for your garden, please contact us for support from an expert member of our team.