Hedgehogs Need Our Help!
Hedgehogs Need Our Help!
Hedgehogs have officially been classified as vulnerable to extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The hedgehog is now on the Red List of British Mammals, making them a priority for preservation. The small and spiky hedgehog is a well-known resident within our British gardens. However, we have lost over half of the hedgehogs in rural habitats since the millennium alone, and a third from towns and cities. With the right approach and dedication to your garden, these little creatures will be able to thrive once more.
With gardens being a hog’s favourite habitat, it is important that we make them as welcoming as possible. By providing a home for a hedgehog in your garden, you are creating a safe space for hedgehogs to live and survive. Here at Poplar Nurseries, we sell lovely hedgehog houses ideal for every garden, such as this Slate Roof Hedgehog House. Make sure to put your hedgehog home in a shady place in your garden, in an area that won’t be disturbed by excessive noise. Encourage hedgehogs to stick around by leaving out food, as well as plenty of water, for them to enjoy. Click here to view the range of hedgehog food sold here at Poplar Nurseries.
There are many things you can do to make your garden as welcoming as possible for hedgehogs. Great features to introduce are log piles and compost heaps, as these encourage a whole host of wildlife, which will not only create a food source for the hedgehogs, but also a safe place for them to nest.
Ultimately, your garden will become part of a much larger system of homes for hedgehogs. These creatures walk up to a mile every single night, in search of food or a mate; garden fences and walls have a big impact on the decline of the species, as they limit the potential space for nesting and breeding. One option would be to provide them with small holes or gaps in a fence, as little as 13cm by 13cm, allowing them to pass freely from garden to garden.
With a safe space for housing in your garden, and a means of them being able to move around from place to place with ease, we can only hope that the hedgehog population will begin to grow and flourish once more.
With some creative planting our gardens can look beautiful and be enjoyed throughout the seasons, including winter. Evergreens give year round structure and colour and will provide shelter for wildlife during the colder months. Deciduous trees and shrubs look majestic during the winter when covered in frost or snow and seed heads can be left on some perennials to provide interest as well as food for hungry birds. Plant up a few containers and you can enjoy your garden from indoors as well as outside.
Collect leaves as they fall in the autumn to make leaf mould which is a wonderful soil conditioner. Once the process is complete the leaf mould can be used for potting or mulching. Making leaf mould is easy and free - just follow our step-by-step guide.
Autumn is a time of glorious colour in the garden with fiery shades of foliage that seem to glint in the sunlight.
As the summer comes to a close it’s time to think about replacing containers and baskets with ones that will give colour and interest for the autumn and winter months. There are many plants that can be used to brighten up patios,porches and other areas of the garden to make it feel welcoming. Follow our step-by-step guide to plant up your own, or alternatively we will have plenty of ready made baskets and containers to purchase.
The arrival of spring flowering bulbs brings an opportunity to plan ahead for the following year. It’s an ideal time to have a tour around the garden to work out where there are gaps that could be filled to produce early displays.
There’s plenty to harvest in the vegetable plot during August and there is also still time to make the most of available space by extending sowing and planting times for a longer growing season. Fast maturing salad crops such as summer lettuce, rocket, sorrel, chicory and radish can all be sown in August.
When it comes to feeding your plants it can be difficult to know how to get it right. Follow our easy guide and your plants will look great throughout the summer.
If you are looking for plants to add late summer colour with long lasting flowers that can be used for drying and flower arranging, then Hydrangeas tick all the boxes with their beautiful blooms.