Summer is on the way now and many of us are looking forward to spending more time out in the garden as the weather improves and the days grow longer. The natural world is also busy now, and this is a crucial time for many species of animals as it is a time for rearing their young.
Your garden can be an important resource to many creatures during these months, and a sure sign of the summer that we all enjoy is the sight of a butterfly. Many butterflies in the UK have been declining in number for years now, so as well as being able to attract and enjoy these beautiful creatures, by creating a garden that is favourable to them you will also be helping their species to survive and flourish.
Certain types of plants are your first port of call when it comes to attracting butterflies – you can even order these online nowadays from the comfort of your own home from places like this plants for trade nursery Palmstead. The nectar of these plants is the main attraction to butterflies and a range of wildflowers can be planted, such as bluebells, lavender, knapweed, buttercups and clover to name but a few popular plants with many butterflies.
Something else which is important, not just for encouraging butterflies but also for taking care of other animals is to ensure that you don’t use pesticides on the garden. This is a huge cause of the decline of many species of animals over the last few decades, from bees to beetles, all of which are essential for a healthy ecosystem. There are many natural methods that you can use to keep your garden free of pests and protect your plants, which will help to keep your garden alive and well.
Providing safe shelter is essential for encouraging butterflies. As we know well, the UK summer weather can be changeable, and when it rains, butterflies need to shelter. They get their warmth to move from the summer sun, but of course this is not always available. Trees with large leaves and ideally hedges are great places for butterflies to shelter in, as well as being a good habitat and food source for many other wildlife species too.