Make a Dead Hedge

This is a simple way to make a wildlife-friendly corner from vines and twigs that can't be composted. Small birds and insects will love it for shelter and food.
Create Shelter for Beneficial Insects

Create Shelter for Beneficial Insects

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - How to Grow

Construction Tips

Use strong, long-lasting poles for the uprights, hammering them securely into the ground. For a neater look, use lengths of willow to weave loose sides. Then simply pile in shrub trimmings, lengths of ivy and bramble, and any other twigs the garden produces. Eventually, they will rot or compact down, and you can then add more to the top.

Tip: Create a Log Home

A pile of old logs in the garden will attract beetles, frogs, toads and other wildlife. Make a well-constructed pile, supported by a few posts hammered into the ground to prevent rolling. Leave the logs to rot down.

A Stack of Logs

A Stack of Logs

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Wildlife Wall

Many beneficial garden insects, such as ladybugs and ground beetles, struggle to find habitats in our neat gardens. Consider creating an attractive wildlife wall to lure them in and keep them happy.

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Try these tips to make your garden appealing to these fascinating creatures of the night.

Attract Nocturnal Creatures to the Garden

These critters love the night life. Use these tips to draw them to your garden.

Frogs and Toads in the Garden

Tips for sharing your yard with wildlife and creating an amphibian-friendly space.

How to Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat

With the right steps, any garden can become an animal haven.

Install a Green Roof

Environmentally-friendly green roofs attract wildlife and help insulate buildings in winter and keep them cool in summer. The easiest way to install one is with sedum matting, which you can buy by the yard.

How to Manage Mosquitoes in the Garden

Use basic strategies as well as new approaches for controlling mosquitoes in your outdoor spaces.

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks

Chipmunks' elaborate tunneling and burrowing can cause structural damage to sidewalks, retaining walls or building foundations.

How to Make a Window Box Container Garden

Create a window box that will beautify the outside of your home and attract wildlife at the same time.

Beneficial Reptiles in the Garden

Find out how to encourage and work with these garden helpmates.

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