Protect & Encourage Wildlife
Remember to protect and encourage wildlife by planting in masses of 3 to 5 plants rather just one or two; this will provide enough food to support the numbers of good bugs needed to keep your garden healthy. Consider using native plants – native plants have co-evolved with the native fauna over millennia!
Native bees do not nest in hives like honey bees. They tend to live a solitary existence, laying their eggs in the ground or in hollows in dead wood. When mulching, it’s important to leave a bit of bare ground to provide nesting sites for our solitary native bees. Or install bird houses and a ‘bee hotel’ in the garden to provide good nesting sites for these important beneficials insects. Instructions on building and maintaining a ‘bee hotel’ can be found here and with another model here. Follow this link to find information on building and properly locating a nesting site suitable for all types of beneficial insects.