If nature conservation is important to you in your garden, set up aquariums for animals in August. In light of the prolonged drought and intense heat this year, animals are especially dependent on our help.
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Water basins for more nature conservation in the garden
In August, nature conservation can be easily carried out in the home garden by creating ponds. Extremely dry and hot summers make it difficult for insects, birds, and small wild animals such as hedgehogs or squirrels.
Bees, for example, need enough water to feed their offspring and cool the hive. A simple bowl filled with water, which (important!) has landing areas for flying insects, is suitable for a bee drinking trough. You can use flat stones that protrude a bit from the water, as well as wood or cork halves that float on top of the water.
To ensure that nature conservation is not reversed, aquariums must be cleaned regularly and thoroughly. In the case of bird baths, germs and bacteria spread very quickly, especially salmonella and trichomoniasis, which threaten the life of animals. Under no circumstances should you use cleaning agents or chemical disinfectants, only boiling water. This kills pathogens and leaves no residue. You should also keep the water in the drinker fresh and change it frequently.
Another tip: set up water basins in your garden so you can watch the animals drinking. You will be surprised who will appear soon.
Building materials for bird nesting
While some migratory birds such as the swift or swallow actually make their way to Africa in August, other birds are still or are already nesting again. Quiet, somewhat untidy corners with foliage, dead wood or grass clippings ensure more nature preservation in every garden: they serve as a shelter for insects and even now provide birds with new building materials for their nests. If you water it a little, for example while watering your garden, the birds will also find the perfect mud for repair work.
Leave the seed heads and encourage fruiting
Withered flowers in the garden are usually cut without further ado. It would be better for preservation to leave at least some of them to set seeds. Seeds of wild casket (Dipsacus), lavender (Lavandula) or Patagonian grass plant (Verbena bonariensis), for example, taste great for animals. In addition, many plants develop streamers after flowering, which are also an important food source. Ivy berries keep for a very long time and are a great winter forage. Rose hips, barberry (Barberry) or dogwood (Cornus) provide a valuable berry.
Before cutting: Check for animals
In August, there is some pruning to do in the garden. Before you start cutting, always make sure that there are no animals such as hedgehogs or birds in the fence or in the wood. In addition to the aforementioned Martin’s house, blackbirds and thrushes still nest and can be easily injured.
Listen now: August’s gardening tips in the podcast
Do you want to know what is important work in August in the garden? In this episode of the “Green City People” podcast, Karina Dinser-Nennstiel gives you gardening tips — “short and dirty” in under five minutes. Listen!