Monday, 3 June 2013

What's Lurking In Your Garden This Summer?

Do you love tending your garden? Or is it a wild and terrifying scrubland behind your house? Either way, it can be home to hundreds of different creatures. Some people deliberately landscape their gardens to support a varied wildlife habitat.

Others are keen to keep all pests and critters away from their plants! It’s impossible to rid completely your garden of every creature that’s lurking out there. So why not embrace the rich and varied life that loves your garden even more than you do?

It is the hours after the sun goes down that may see the most activity in your backyard. Mammals like cats, foxes and raccoons are easy to recognize. Set up a night vision camera, and you may be stunned to see just how many animals wander through your garden at night. Lesser known animals that you might spot include the Coati. You can see pictures of them at websites like to see if your garden could become a favorite hangout of these animals.

Insects are very common wherever you find plants, shrubs, grass and trees. But one insect that can cause a lot of worries is the bee. On the one hand, an allergy to a bee sting could make these buzzers one of the most dangerous creatures you’ll find in your garden. But on the other hand, they are essential to plant life all over your neighborhood and beyond.

Some garden dwellers will do their best to break into your home and cause havoc and distress. The humble ant can move in massive armies as described at And they only need the tiniest of gaps to find their way into your home. Usually, they are attracted by sweet things. Regular vacuuming and cleaning of the kitchen worktops can help avoid an infestation.

If you have plenty of birds visit your garden during the day, chances are you have a lot of grubs and worms lurking in your lawn. Birds love to stamp on the grass to encourage the worms to pop their heads up. You can attract birds more regularly to your garden by installing a bird feeding station. These can be essential for their survival during harsh winters. It is sometimes not recommended to feed birds during the summer, though. Peanuts and seeds can be firm favorites of many bird species.

Snails and slugs can be the gardener’s enemy. They are keen to eat and kill flowers, vegetables, and fruits that you grow in the garden. There are many ways to deal with these pests. You could move your planting out of their habitat. Or you could encourage animals like foxes, badgers, and birds to visit the garden more often to eat them. Slug pellets should be used with caution. There are some good brands that are safe to use around pets and children but always read the label carefully.

Wildlife exists in the most interesting of spaces. Whether you intend to have visitors to your garden or not, it will be a haven and a home for hundreds of different species. See what you can spot lurking at the bottom of your garden this summer.

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