Looking to attract more nature to your garden without making it look disorganised and old-fashioned? Read this...

Would you love animals visiting your garden, but you don’t want to age your garden with iron bird feeders, or keep messy corners with leaves? Don’t worry, there are ways to keep your garden gorgeous and wildlife friendly, here’s how:

Adapt Wildlife Furniture

Bird feeders can look a little bit old fashioned, especially wrought iron types. Instead, why not opt for a wooden bird table that you can paint in a bright and modern colour. Instead of detracting from your garden design, it will effectively become a feature.

Create A Specific Wildlife Zone

Instead of having accessories dotted around, try placing them together in a wildlife zone. Pots with insect friendly flowers, a bird table and insect hotel grouped together will look really cute. You could even make your own sign for the area.

Embrace Insects & Worms

By inviting more insects to your garden you also provide more food for birds, who eat them. Planting butterfly and bee friendly flowers is an easy way to attract more insects to your garden. It also adds more colour, texture and interest to the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space.

By opting for a natural lawn you encourage worms, which then feed the birds. Caring for that lawn well then creates an entire ecosystem to boost the wildlife in your area.

Invest In More Modern Wildlife Accessories

The cheapest wildlife accessories are made from cheap wood and metal and aren’t designed to look nice. If you don’t mind investing a little more money into what you buy, you can get much better looking accessories. There are gorgeous designs out there for a little more cash, if you are willing to splash it.

Declutter Your Garden

It may be that your garden looks generally messy anyway, even without wildlife accessories and design features. Perhaps you need to invest in some cheap self storage to store larger toys or furniture that you don’t use all the time. For items that aren’t for cheap self storage, you could sell on anything extra you don’t use, and give away or throw away items that are broken or of very low worth.

Change, Rather Than Add

One thing you can do to avoid a messy garden that is good for wildlife is to change certain things, rather than add lots of messy-looking bird feeders and accessories. For example; you could buy a water feature that also serves as a haven for animals. Ponds, for example, can be incredible wildlife-havens and they look really pretty too. Or, you could use rhododendrons or hydrangea as shed hiding shrubs, rather than conifers.

Embrace The Wild Look

One thing that we can get attached to as homeowners is a space that is neat and tidy. Whilst this look may give us satisfaction it isn’t great for wildlife. An overgrown hedge might be the perfect nesting site for birds. Little piles of leaf litter provide a home for all kinds of insects. Wood piles can be ideal hotels for insects, reptiles and amphibians.

If you can just embrace the wild a little more you can have a really beautiful garden still, but with a lot more wildlife within it. You can still maintain your outdoor space, just perhaps a little less often and with a little less vigour.

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” - Michael Pollan

The tips above can help you embrace a more wildlife-friendly garden without compromising on the aesthetic of your outdoor space. With a little creativity and ingenuity you can have a stunning garden that also supports your local wildlife.