How to design a wildlife-friendly garden

How to design a wildlife-friendly garden

Do you enjoy spending time in a peaceful and relaxing space surrounded by nature? If so, then designing a nature-friendly garden could be a great way for you to support biodiversity and promote sustainability.

Spring is the perfect time to get out in the garden and enjoy the beauty of nature. Whether you're an experienced gardener or you're just getting started, creating a welcoming space for local wildlife can be a great way to spend your free time. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, look no further! At Bridge Street Stone, we've been helping our customers create amazing outdoor spaces for over 30 years, with our outdoor expertise and beautiful Indian sandstone paving.

So, we've put together a list of simple tips to help you transform your garden into a wildlife paradise. This way, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in your own backyard.

Choose native plants

It's easy to go to the local garden shop and just pick up whatever plants and flowers look visually appealing, but a great way to help wildlife thrive in your garden is to introduce some native plants into your space. Plants native to your local area are already adapted to the climate and, therefore, are easily able to support the local wildlife. They provide the ideal food source, shelter, and habitat to many little creatures such as birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The knock-on effect of keeping pollinators like bees and butterflies happy is that they keep your garden thriving.

A simple Google search will give you a huge list of plants to choose from that will thrive and look stunning in your garden. Whether you have an entire lawn to play with or you're placing your new plants in pots on your Indian sandstone paving, the end result will be just as beautiful.

Attract wildlife with food

If you love to watch birds, butterflies, and other insects, one great way to get them to stop by on their journeys is to leave out some food for them to enjoy. There are a few different ways to do this. Still, some of the easiest methods are installing a couple of bird feeders, whether it be seeds or fat balls, planting some berry-producing shrubs and fruit trees and planting shallow flowers like lavender and buddleja that are ideal for pollinators.

Install a water feature

Water features can make a garden look stunning. Whether it's a pond, bird bath or water fountain, they all add a sense of dynamism and energy to the space, making it livelier and more vibrant. The beauty of water features is even more pronounced when the sun hits them. They offer a refreshing spot for birds to drink and cool off while also attracting other wildlife like frogs, hedgehogs, and insects. If you choose to install a pond, you can add freshwater fish and plants to make it even more visually attractive and nature-inspired!

These simple additions can create a welcoming environment for wildlife to thrive and make your backyard an amazing space to spend your time this spring. If you wanted to take it a step further you could start creating little homes for wildlife to permanently move in, like birdhouses, stick piles for hedgehogs and wooden insect houses.

At Bridge Street Stone, we love helping our customers create stunning outdoor spaces. We offer a wide range of Indian sandstone paving in a variety of beautiful shades and colours, including Kota Black, Kandla Grey, Raj Tumble and Golden Leaf.

So why wait? Contact our experts today by calling us on 01282 860571, and let us help you transform your garden into a wildlife haven with our stunning sandstone paving!