wildlife in the garden

Five tips on making your garden wildlife friendly

One of the benefits that come with living in Australia is our access to an amazing array of native wildlife, whether they wear fur, feathers or scales. In some areas of Victoria, our residential properties tend to adjoin or overlap the places that our native wildlife live, meaning that we tend to interact regularly.

If you are keen to encourage wildlife to visit your property, here’s some tips on ways to make your garden a safer place for them to visit.

  • Don’t mow in the morning

The reptiles that visit your backyard such as blue-tongues lizards, are cold-blooded. This means they don’t get up to full speed until the sun has been up for several hours. If you mow in the afternoon, these visitors will be able to escape more readily.

  • Using the right nets

If you use protective nets to keep the birds out of your vegie patch or fruit trees, the wildlife protection people suggest you use a fine mesh of 5 millimetres or less. This is far less likely to injure any birds who visit.

  • Natives in the garden

By including some native plants in your garden, you are providing a natural food source for some wildlife, and a natural source of shelter for others.

  • Mulch is good for animals too

We all know that mulching our garden can reduce water usage and help our plants thrive during Summer. However, a mulched garden can also be a good spot for wildlife to shelter, as well as encouraging grubs which are a potential food source for birds as well.

  • No extra feeding

It might sound like a contradiction, but whilst it is good to encourage wildlife to find natural food sourced in the garden, you should not get into the habit of leaving food out for them. Not only can you disrupt their digestive health by providing non-natural food types, but young birds can lose the ability to forage for themselves if they to rely on you as a food source.

Of course, if you are looking for ways to make your home more attractive to buyers, rather than the local wildlife, a great place to start is by having a chat with team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates by calling 9430 0000, and by downloading our FREE booklet “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”.

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