Whilst it may be wet, cold or even snowy outside, spring is just around the corner (honest!), and with spring comes an abundance of nature.
Buds appear on trees, blossoms start to spring up, pushing their way through the snow to bring life and color.
With the flowers, the insects follow quickly and the birds which feed upon them. From the stark contrast of the white, bleak winter comes a buzz of activity and the welcome hustle and bustle of nature.
Whilst the animals will come, if you want to attract a wide variety of birds and insects to your backyard there are a few things you can do to encourage them to visit and even take up permanent residence.
Attracting good, garden-friendly insects will help your plants to produce better flowers and fruits, it will also make your backyard a much more pleasant and vibrant place to sit and enjoy in the coming months.
Frogs and Toads?
Why would you want to attract frogs and toads to your backyard? Why, to eat up all the aphids of course! Plus they are rather cute in their own unique way.
Ladybugs are renowned for their aphid munching abilities, and are a favorite bug for children and adults alike. However, if you want to have a few of them in your backyard then providing somewhere warm for them to stay over the winter will ensure that you get them coming back year after year.
These non-stinging bees are great pollinators and vital for every keen gardener to ensure the best harvest of fruits and vegetables.
Because mason bees don’t live in hives they need somewhere warm and dry to shelter in when they’re not busy collecting pollen.
Whilst the spring offers plenty of chances for birds to hunt their own food, putting a fresh supply of water and bird friendly tit-bits out on a bird table or bird feeder will ensure birds visit your backyard all year round. A bird house will provide shelter for birds over the colder months.