Turn Your Decking Into a Wildlife Haven with a Few Simple Additions

Watching the wildlife in your garden can be relaxing, interesting, and educational. It's incredible how many different types of creatures come to visit, and they often go unnoticed unless you're taking the time to spot them.

Unfortunately, modern gardens are often designed to be clean, simple and free from all of the things wild animals appreciate. There's typically an emphasis on creating a comfortable space for humans without considering how much it can drive wildlife away, with features like decking usually particularly barren.

You don't have to choose between an unkempt garden and a wildlife-free zone, however. With just a few simple adjustments you can turn your garden decks into havens for animals.

Get planting

Decking is usually a space free from plants, but with a few containers, you can easily change that. All sorts of plants will grow in pots, as long as they're big enough, so you have a wide range of options.

Lavender is great for attracting bees and butterflies, and it doesn't take much looking after as long as you remember to water it occasionally. A selection of different native flowers will increase the variety of butterflies you get visiting.

Add some ivy, which can be trained to grow up a stick or trellis, and it's excellent shelter for small birds and other creatures.

You can even plant small trees in pots, which will provide roosts and shelter for birds. Opt for fruit trees and they'll even be able to feed.

Add some water

If there's space on your decking, a small water feature will not only be relaxing to watch, the animals will appreciate it, too. Birds will use it for bathing, and you might even get some other animals stopping by for a drink.

Choose something with a pump to keep the water moving, which will stop mosquitoes from laying eggs.

Feed the birds

Bird feeders can be set up hanging from plants and trees, or you could even integrate a post into your decking design as a place to keep them. Provide a variety of seeds and nuts to attract different birds.

Set up some homes

Another good reason to include a tall post or two in your decking is that it makes a good place to fix nesting boxes for birds and bats.

If your decking has already been built and this isn't possible, you can fix a post to the railing using clamps, nails or screws.

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Connie's Construction and Contracting Blog There are still many people do not believe that women should be involved in DIY or construction jobs. My blog is here to prove them all wrong. My name is Connie and I have always been interested in construction and repair work around my home. Rather than just sitting back and letting someone else take care of the problem, I like to get stuck in so I can try and learn something. However, sometimes there are jobs I cannot do on my own. However, when I call in a contractor, I always take the time to chat with them so I can pick up a tip or trick which will help me in the future. I hope you like the articles on my blog.