With the promise of spring around the corner, and the odd crisp blue sky to tempt us into the garden (where it’s still pretty chilly actually!), our Wildlife Gardening group have come up with their top ten tips for February and March.
Top ten tips for wildlife friendly
gardening in February and March
1. Don't succumb to being too tidy - leave herbaceous plants a little longer before cutting back as they are a valuable habitat for invertebrates.
2. Try to avoid disturbing areas where you think there might be creatures, such as toads, overwintering.
3. You will need to clean and disinfect any nest boxes that you have before February (in line with legislation) - if you haven't got any, put some up! Keep disinfecting your bird feeders to keep the finch disease at bay.
4. If you have to fell a tree, cut it into logs and pile them up to create more invertebrate habitat.
5. Keep feeding the birds - they are having a harder winter than you are - no insects or buds to feed on yet.
6. Make sure you keep water available too, topped up and clean.
7. As well as new nest boxes, bat boxes can be made and put into position.
8. Move any shrubs before the beginning of March. In Feb/March cut back Buddleia.
9. At the end Feb beginning of March start to sow half/hardy annuals either in a cold greenhouse or a cool place indoors, particularly collected seed.
10. It’s a good time to re-layer your compost with some horse manure, or equivalent, to give the heap a good start for the next season’s growth.
Find out more
Gardening for wildlife is about creating habitats for animals and plants to thrive alongside people. Every garden, however big or small is a potential nature reserve.
Find out more about our Wildlife Gardening group and more top tips at our special page called Gardening for Wildlife.