Hedges for Wildlife Gardens

Have you ever wanted to just sit down and enjoy the birds in your yard, only to notice there were none to enjoy? Most folks think local wildlife will simply appear in their yard on a daily basis with no effort. The truth is that local wildlife will typically visit the best yard in the area.

This does not mean the prettiest yard, but the yard that offers the best place for the wildlife itself. If you want to draw birds and other local wildlife to your area, consider creating an engaging space for them. Planting hedges is a nice way to begin to provide an inviting area.

A hedge, or hedgerow, is defined as a row of trees and shrubs. Hedges can be used in many ways when trying to landscape a home. They can be trimmed to sit at almost any height, permitting the homeowner to create walls with them or shorter fence styles as well. Many times hedges are used to contain a garden area; they are planted around the area and are used decoratively. They can add a classic and professional look to any home garden and give a home instant beauty.

On top of adding beauty to a home though, a hedge can also be a great way to attract wildlife to your yard. Hedges are so attractive to wildlife because they provide some basic needs for the wildlife. Animals can use hedges for food.

Birds will feed on the hedges seeds and if the hedge contains berries, other animals will indulge as well. A hedge also makes great shelter for wildlife; all year long for birds, in the summer safety from storms and predators, while in the winter they provide warmth. Also, squirrels will find hedges to be a good place for keeping safe and warm.

Another thing animals may utilize hedges for is nesting. Some species prefer nesting closer to the ground and love keeping their young safe in a nice hedge. This may be even truer if your area has few trees. If an area lacks a profusion of trees, birds usually find places such as hedges a good place to nest.

Selecting the right species of hedge is important when trying to build a wildlife garden with hedges. The size of the hedge is not as crucial as the type of hedge you choose. Hedges that are familiar to the wildlife in your area, strongly consider using native plants. Those like hazel, holly, and dog rose are very popular in most areas.

By providing the wildlife with species of plants they are familiar with, they will be more likely to enjoy your hedges. Choosing hedges that grow dense is also a great idea. Animals feel safest in a hedge that is dense and so will be more likely to visit your yard.

If you have planted hedges, but still want to do something extra to attract wildlife, there are choices for you. Expert gardeners say animals will be more likely to visit your hedges if you encourage grasses or flowers to grow at the bottom.

Making a cushion at the base is an easy way to add more beauty to a hedge as well as invite wildlife into your area. Animals love this cushion because it gives them a lower place to hide and nest if they like.

If you are interested in building a more inviting place for your local wildlife, one of the easiest things you can do is provide the wildlife with hedges in which to enjoy. Visit your local nursery to find out which hedges are most appropriate for the wildlife in your area. You can also gather information about pruning or other planting advice.

Adding hedges to your area is not only great for attracting wildlife however, but will also make your home look more elegant than before.