Natural wildlife reserves and natural parks are a great way to help preserve our environment by creating habitats for native birds, reptiles and animals.
They are also a great place to go and unwind in nature.
But you don't have to visit a pubic park or reserve.
You can create your own eco sanctuary in your own back yard. You don't even need a big garden, and it only takes a small amount of work.
Once you've transformed your garden, you'll not only be helping nature but you'll also be providing a quiet, natural sanctuary for your own enjoyment.
What Your Eco Garden Needs
What you need to put into your new eco garden is everything that was stripped from it when your home was originally built. What you must to provide will depend on the area you live in and what is natural to your local environment.And to help you, here is a list of the basic things your new eco garden will need in order for it to thrive:
You'll need to plant bushes, trees and shrubs for shade, hiding and nesting. Good ground cover will also provide protection from sun and rain and provide seclusion for more fragile plant species, birds and animals.
Having plenty of cover will also benefit and attract birds, possums, lizards, butterflies and bees, which will help to give balance in nature.
All life depends on water.
A small water feature or a regularly filled bowl of water is essential.
If you use a bowl, make sure you also place a rock in it large enough for a refuge island and to provide an escape for any small creatures that fall into the water.
Place your water feature or bowl in a shady spot. Clean and refresh your bowl of water regularly (every 2 or 3 days) to stop it from going stagnant and so that it doesn't attract mosquitoes.
A Wildlife Area
An untouched area for wildlife is a must in every garden. Even if you only have a small garden, see if you can set aside a place that always gets left alone.
Placing some old logs and rocks in this area will help. Then leave it to grow and attract anything it wants.
Take a look around your local area to see what plants are attracting birds, animals, butterflies and bees. Then see if you can plant some in your garden too.
Walking in a nature reserve can give you plenty of ideas of what to plant.
Your eco garden needs diversity, so don't let any one plant take over your garden.
Prune strategically and only as necessary. It doesn't have to be a work of art. It only needs to look good and stay balanced.
Nature needs all the help it can get. So no matter how small your outside space, turn it into an eco sanctuary for you and your local wildlife to enjoy.
You can also set aside just a small space to grow your own organic vegetables which can feed you and your environment too.
So don't waste your garden.
Turn it into your own eco sanctuary, then sit back and enjoy the benefits.
Ruth Barringham is a vegan, writer and web entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia. She runs several websites on the Internet and her main site for writers is Writeaholics.net. She also has a new vegan website, AustralianVegan.net.
- Published: 12 November 2013
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