Garden Wildlife jobs for March

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Garden Wildlife jobs for March

Spring gardening season is actually here, as witnessed by the eruption of the spring bulbs, Daffodils seem to be everywhere this year.

March can be a difficult time for garden wildlife as the weather is still too cold for some things, but we’re getting there. While we wait for the warmer months to come, here is what you can do in your garden to give your gardens wildlife a helping hand:

Feed the birds

Continue to feed birds calorie-rich food such as sunflower heart, fat balls and suet nibbles, to help them prepare for breeding. Avoid peanuts as there’s a small chance adult birds will feed them to their young, which can choke them.

C J Wildlife have a wide range of seed mixes and some fab spring deals to entice anyone to get started in creating a thriving bird life to their garden.

https://www.birdfood.co.uk/bird-foods/seed-mixes

Leave food out for Hedgehogs

Leave out water and meat-based cat or dog food for hedgehogs (chicken flavour is best, in jelly not gravy). Hedgehogs are emerging from hibernation in March, and need to build up their fat reserves for breeding. Put out the food from dusk and discard any that’s left first thing in the morning.

Pest Control

Following on from the above tips to encourage desired wildlife into you garden, they also bring the risk of enticing NOT so desired wildlife into your garden such as a pesky fox.

Not only are they a nuisance to you garden (knowing to dig holes into your lawn, in hunt for moles) they are also a threat to any family pet they may be kept out side.

FOXWatch is an Ultrasonic Fox deterrent. designed and manufactured here in the UK.  The unit works detecting body heat in your protected area,  Once triggered it releases bursts of ultrasonic sound, resulting in the fox retreating. It is an innovative and humane way of banishing foxes from your property. The longer the unit is in place, the more effective it is.

Most animals, like ourselves, cannot hear the FOXWatch alarm, including birds, hedgehogs and rabbits.

Have a look at FOXWatch and our full range of humane animal deterrents at out product page here

Herbs

Now’s a good time to plant some herbs. Many require full sun and all need well-drained soil. If you’re up to your ears in clay soil, consider growing herbs in pots.

If you’re planning on growing potatoes this year, you’ll need to get those tubers in the ground by the end of the month. One of the easiest ways to grow potatoes is to cultivate them in a potato bag. You can even use a burlap bag or a large pot. Start by putting in enough soil to comfortably bury the tubers. When they begin to leaf out, cover them with more soil, and repeat until the bag or pot is full. You’ll have layers of potatoes — a big harvest in a small space.

Collect lawn clippings

If mowing for the first time, detach the box and leave the clippings to dry out, then take them up in a dry corner of the garden. You may encourage a queen bumblebee to start a colony there. Slow worms may bask and even nest here also.

Winter soil

The soil found in your garden will be too cold for seedlings, however you can still sow seeds for beets, carrots, lettuce, radishes, spinach, borage and radicchio.

 

Enjoy getting out into your garden 🙂

Posted by Concept Research on 2 Mar 2020

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