That little red robin that appears on top of your fence and brings a ray of joy with it may just need your help. Or perhaps the little squirrels that you see darting about, all around your garden and up and down trees, are swiftly running out of food that they've stored for the winter season.
Similarly, there will be little birds that are no longer able to peck through the frozen ground to get to worms, or perhaps you have an artificial lawn that prevents them finding food in the soil beneath. Either way, winter wildlife needs your help.
Unlike us, animals do not need or have central heating, comfy duvets and fleecy pyjamas to keep them toasty. Winter can be a harsh season for wildlife, and whilst we retreat indoors, the wildlife living in our gardens don't have this luxury. However, don't feel too guilty just yet because there are a few ways you can help.
If you are entering this winter with a new artificial lawn from ALC, there may be a few things that haven't yet occurred to you, which will now need to be taken into consideration. The wildlife that previously resided in your garden may be unaware of the changes and may not have food stored in preparation.
Listed below are a few ways in which you can help them to adapt this winter.
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Many of us like to provide food and water for birds throughout the year, but in winter this is a particularly vital activity. So if you don't do it already, now's a good time to start. The key is to provide high-calorie food that will keep their energy levels up and help them stay warm. Mealworms, fat-balls, crushed peanuts, dried fruit, seeds and grains are all good options that can be made easily at home.
If you really want to get creative, you can make your own feeding balls by melting lard or fat in a saucepan until it's just liquid, then mixing in seeds, raisins, unsalted peanuts, etc. Pour into old yoghurt pots to set and then roll into balls. Don't forget you can always throw stale bread and leftovers onto the lawn for the birds.
Give them a home
While wild animals aren't likely to appreciate you putting out blankets and the like, they will thank you for dry areas of natural materials. For example, if you can hold off trimming fir trees, these make for fantastic homes for all kinds of wildlife. Bugs also need somewhere to go, so try tying together a bundle of hollow bamboo shoots. Birdhouses are great if you don't have too much in the way of trees in your garden. Click here for more ideas on grass installation.
Fresh water for all
With the freezing temperatures making everything a little more difficult, fresh water that isn't frozen can be difficult to come by. In the mornings, it is best to put out some tepid water (not boiling) as this can be used by lots of wildlife for both bathing and drinking. Try not to put it somewhere that cats could be lurking and waiting to pounce though.
These are just a few tips that may help the wildlife in your newly laid garden area get by. The winter is difficult as it is, but the addition of an artificial lawn makes surviving a bit trickier for the little guys.
For any further information about winter care for your lawn, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at Artificial Lawn Co