If you want to contribute to the preservation of nature in your garden, you should carry out the first actions in the spring. In April, many animals have already woken up from hibernation, are looking for food, and the birds are beginning to build their nests. Now it is important to provide them with shelter and food sources. Read here how you can successfully protect nature in your garden.
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Providing shelter for animals
In April, most gardeners start revitalizing their garden from the ground up. Don’t overdo it! To further protect nature, some corners should be left in the garden for animals. Here and there a pile of leaves, some dead wood or some loosely piled stones act as a protective shelter for insects and birds as well as mammals. Insect hotels are also being created, which you can either build yourself or buy from specialized retailers.
More conservation of nature through landscape garden design
With landscape garden design, you automatically ensure more nature conservation. As a garden with a large variety of species, selection of insect-friendly plants (bee pastures) and low soil seal are an ideal habitat for animals. Water points are not only a visual feature, but the installation of a garden pond is also important for nature conservation in a home garden from an environmental point of view. April is also a good time for lawn care. In the landscape garden, focus more on the flower meadow than on the golf course. For example, a small part on which you can sprinkle a mixture of wildflowers, which is rarely mowed, is enough to delight many animals in your garden. And most importantly: Avoid using chemical pesticides constantly!
If the animals go through the winter poorly or get up too early, they are happy about targeted supplemental feeding. For example, you can support the hedgehogs with a bowl of water or some food. Dog or cat food has proven to be food. You can also give the inhabitants of the thorny garden well-boiled eggs, Serve unsalted and cooked meat. You should check the ingredients for commercially available hedgehog food before purchasing it. This feed often contains ingredients that are not suitable for feeding hedgehogs. So they can recharge their batteries after winter in April. Feed the animals only if they look lean! Healthy hedgehogs and baby hedgehogs should look for their own food.
Prepare nesting boxes and nesting tools
Nesting boxes and nesting aids are important breeding grounds for many domestic birds, bats, bumblebees, and burn-ears, as natural nesting sites are becoming fewer and fewer. You can also build these yourself with a little craftsmanship, or buy them in stores. Put them in a sheltered, quiet location in the garden. This way, you not only do something good for the animals, but you also benefit from the many beneficial insects that you lure into your garden in this way. The aforementioned earwigs, for example, are natural enemies of aphids.
Another tip: When gardening, don’t immediately remove all caterpillars from your garden. They are – especially in the springtime – important sources of food for birds such as the blue or big dream, which they use to feed their offspring.
Be careful when removing compost!
Many amateur gardeners spread the compost in the spring to provide their plants with nutrients and give them the best possible start to the new gardening season. But watch out! Some animals will resort to the compost pile in the winter and may stay there in April. So be careful when removing so you don’t infect hedgehogs, frogs, mice or other animals.
Gardening Tips for April in the Podcast
In April, gardening season is in full swing and new and exciting tasks are added every day. Where do you start, where do you stop – and what should you definitely not forget? How good it is that Karina and her gardening tips are out there! In “Green City People – Short & dirty,” the podcast from MY BEAUTIFUL GARDEN, you can find out from gardening expert Karina Dinser-Nennstiel what tasks in the garden await you in April. listen now!
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