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Rewilding ideas for your garden 

Bring your outdoor space back to its natural state and encourage your own ecosystem by rewilding your garden. Here’s why rewilding might be the next garden project on your to do list. 

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What is rewilding?

Rewilding is the process of restoring a garden back to the way nature would have intended it to be, encouraging biodiversity that benefits nature, wildlife and people as a whole. Rewilding helps increase microorganisms in soil and absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

It’s useful to look at rewilding as a simple method to fighting climate change on a small scale. Doing your part in helping restore the planet.

Two garden chairs sat in overgrown grass

How to rewild your garden?

A lot of us are used to regularly tidying up our garden and aspiring to a perfectly pruned space worthy of The Chelsea Flower Show. Even though these immaculate gardens look appealing, it may be more beneficial for you and your garden to leave it to its own devices.

It’s time to put the fertilisers and pesticides to one side and let nature do its own thing. It’s incredible how quickly nature can restore and balance itself out again. You’ll be astounded by the increase in wildlife. Believe us when we say, even the smallest garden can make the biggest impact!

1. Put the lawnmower away

If you took part in the ‘no mow may’ movement, you may be aware of the benefits of leaving your lawn alone for a substantial period of time. Leaving your grass to grow, especially in the early summer months will encourage early season pollinators, increasing the overall diversity of your garden.

Insects such as bees and butterflies are attracted to gardens with longer grass and leaving your grass to grow means wildflowers are much more likely to grow and thrive.

2. Encourage wildflowers

Wildflowers provide bees and other pollinators with food throughout the year and are a fantastic way of diversifying your garden. We’re not suggesting that you cover your entire garden with wildflower seeds.

However, having ‘wild corners’ is a great way of rewilding and no doubt encourages a more diverse range of wildlife.

3. Don’t get rid of weeds

Using harsh chemicals to get rid of weeds is a big no no if you’re interested in rewilding your garden. They are harmful to wildlife and often aren’t that effective anyway.

Weeds also naturally shield the soil from the sun, protecting it and the organisms that live within it from the sunlight.

Weeds growing in a garden

4. Create dedicated spaces for wildlife

We all want to encourage the reproduction of wildlife in our gardens, and a great way to do this is to create a wildlife highway, which makes it easier for our small garden friends to travel.

Hedgehogs for example can’t climb structured walls and fences, but if we leave natural pathways for them, they can move around much easier, making it easier for them to feed and mate.

Create a hedgehog house out of an old box and cover with shrubbery. Bee hotels and insect houses are fabulous for encouraging these wonderful pollinators into our gardens.

5. More mulching

Avoid digging in the garden as much as possible. It may sound obvious, but digging into our flower beds can destroy the microorganisms that maintain our mini eco systems. Instead, use compost to gently fold into the soil that will enhance and protect it.

applying mulch

6. Natural ponds

If you’ve got the space, creating a natural pond or body of water is wonderful for attracting different species of wildlife and for rewilding your garden.

Adding pond plants to oxygenate the water is a natural way of avoiding them going stagnant.

Why rewilding your garden is important?

The benefits of rewilding your garden aren’t just contained to you and your home. It helps to rebuild ecosystems that have previously been disturbed or destroyed by humans and it reintroduces missing species back into our ecosystems.

It is widely recognised that rewilding our gardens will contribute to greater woodland cover in Britain, which will help fight climate change. It may sound a bit far fetched but when it comes to rewilding, every little helps!

how to make a hedgehog house with logs

Rewild garden top tips

  • Do nothing! The entire concept of rewilding is letting nature take over, so sit back, relax and enjoy watching your garden grow and thrive.
  • Start small. If the thought of letting your garden run wild is too overwhelming. Start small with a window box or wild corner and work your way up from there.
  • Have a garden design in mind. Dedicate certain areas of your garden to rewilding to avoid total takeover!
  • Talk to your community. Rewilding shouldn’t be a one man mission. Communicate with your neighbours and local community to see what other people are doing to rewild their gardens.
  • Embrace change. If you’re used to a tidy garden it may be unnerving to see a wilder side to your outdoor space. It’s important to embrace this and enjoy the process.

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