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.
Autumn is the perfect time to plant trees, allowing them to allow them to establish before the hot, dry weather of the following seasons. There are many trees that will provide interest throughout the seasons, displaying fresh spring/summer growth and blossom. Trees such as Japanese maples have glorious, vibrant autumn textures and colours. Planting is best done between October and April, but avoid planting in waterlogged or frozen soil. Container grown plants can be planted any time of the year, but are easier to care for if planted in autumn or winter as they need less watering than ones planted in spring or summer. It is important when selecting your tree to check its suitability for the position that you have in mind. Our experienced horticulturalists will be happy to give advice when required.
By the end of the summer lawns are in need of some maintenance and looking after. Autumn is the time to treat the lawn and prepare it for the seasons ahead. Hot sun, little rainfall and general wear and tear all take their toll, but by following our easy guide you can prepare your lawn for the seasons ahead.
Are you wanting to bring some more life into your home, but you’re not sure where to start? It’s been proven that introducing plants into your space can help reduce stress, improve your concentration and productivity and boost your overall mood.
Lawns can sometimes begin to look rather the worse for wear as we reach the height of the summer. The combination of hot weather and the amount of time we spend using the grass for various activities can begin to take it’s toll, however all is not lost because with a simple lawn care programme it will soon be looking healthy again.
Summer baskets filled with an array of bedding plants such as geraniums, petunias and begonias etc bring colour and interest to any garden. Once you have planted up/ purchased your baskets you will want to enjoy them throughout the season and extend their lifespan for as long as possible. With just a little bit of regular maintenance you can ensure that your displays are the envy of all the neighbours!
Spring is finally in evidence as plants begin to bloom. Expect the inevitable April showers this month, but with sunny days too when you can turn your attention to the lawn. It’s an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth and it’s also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for late frosts…
Early spring is an ideal time to plant herbaceous perennials, including Geranium, Astrantia and Oriental poppies.
This month there are signs of the approaching spring, with bulbs appearing and birds and wildlife waking up as light levels. There’s plenty to do this month in preparation for the season ahead. Outdoors, the garden is coming to life again, and it's time to prune shrubs, such as wisteria.
The garden could need protecting from frosts, gale-force winds and heavy rain in January. Check stakes, ties, fleeces and other supports for damage and consider moving plants to sunnier positions to maximize light. Don’t forget to keep feeding the birds, food is scarce for them over winter.
Frost, rainfall and winds are increasingly common, sunshine hours are much reduced and it can be bitter with a risk of snow in December. You may not want to be working outside at this time of year, but luckily there’s not a lot to do. Keep an eye on winter protection and if you have a greenhouse, make sure the heater works.