Gardening: the best for Wildlife.

Gardening has become trendy for people living inside cities, growing exotic plants and kicking out all the nasty insects that eat your flowers. And indeed the result are beautiful gardens, but where is the natural selection in this peach-perfect habitats? Truth is as beautiful as our gardens might be, they also might be doing all the oposite to the earth.

If you compare the beautiful tidy gardens with the real messy wildlife, you will understand quickly what this article its all about. As Vizachero (www.Nativecology.com) wrote “the pursuit of order and extreme tidiness in gardens is one of the primary factors contributing to a lack of wildlife in modern residential landscapes.” Whats going on with all this short and clean grass, is that it leaves no space for the natural process of animals dying and carrying the organic matter into the soil, or the fallen leaves and branches that become a shelter for caterpillars. When it comes to wildlife, neat is not really natural, some of the best trees for wildlife are often consider “antagonists” for house gardening because of their messy fruits and branches. A good garden should be less neat and more inviting to the wildlife unexpected surprises.

The second big problem of the tidy gardening are pesticides. Insects perform several activities that are beneficial to all of the environment, and then become an important source of food for many animals. In fact, less than 3% are considered pests by humans. Still, they are not our favorite guest, so many people try taking them out with pesticides. Problem is, you are also getting rid of many beneficial insects that are utterly necessary for a healthy garden, even if they look nasty! Instead of pesticides, it is widely recommended mixing plants that attract beneficial insects with those who need protection. This way, you will attract predatory insects and animals, like birds, and let them do the pesticide job, creating a well-balanced vibrant garden.

Although it might seem like gardening is just a whip for the rich, we also need to consider the beneficial parts of it. “Gardens are amazingly diverse even compared to natural habitats that are good for wildlife. Gardens are more interesting on a small scale because they are so variable. All the wildlife responds to these variables,”  said Dr Thompson (www.independent.co.uk), from Sheffield University. Theres a good chance for gardens to become a nice habitat for wildlife. If we allow the natural process occur, and stop trying to make it look so tidy. Truth is a good garden for wildlife, doesn’t even have to be expensive, a lot of product sold are unnecessary, because if you let it be its most likely nature will do its part making it a healthy garden.


Tips to get a more natural garden:

  • Shrubs and trees are good source for wildlife to live and eat.
  • Don't hurry to clear up fallen leaves.
  • Don't illuminate your garden at night with bright lights

Now that you've learn how to make your garden more Wildlife friendly, take advantage of it and start cultivating your own culinary and medical herbs!

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