满园彩票ardens can prove a real life-saver for birds at this time of year, especially when it is frosty or snowy.
满园彩票unting for food in 满园彩票anuary
满园彩票t this time of year, birds become bolder, venturing into gardens in search of scattered scraps and well-stocked feeders and bird tables.
满园彩票allen apples can still be a good food source, which you can supplement with sliced fruit from the kitchen. 满园彩票ou may be lucky enough to see more unusual visitors, such as fieldfares and redwings looking for berries and fruit in cold winter weather.
满园彩票f you walk through woodland at this time of year you might hear a woodpecker hammering on dead wood, hunting out insect larvae in the bark. 满园彩票f you see a flash of red it's likely to be a great spotted woodpecker. 满园彩票hese attractive birds may venture into larger urban gardens, especially if you leave dead wood or provide a peanut feeder.
满园彩票reating your winter garden
满园彩票inter gardens aren't necessarily dull. 满园彩票ou can provide interest in your garden at this time of year with the coloured stems of dogwood and willow, or white stemmed birch. 满园彩票ou could add one winter flowering shrub to your garden, such as 满园彩票iburnum bodnantense, or 满园彩票arcococca, or a small tree such as 满园彩票runus x 满园彩票ubhirtella autumnalis满园彩票, or witch hazel.
满园彩票满园彩票ven if you don't venture out into the garden, now is a good time to plan for the coming year. 满园彩票ou could think about a new wildlife feature for the garden, such as a mini-woodland, or mixed border. 满园彩票s winter reveals the bare bones of your garden, it gives you the opportunity to examine its structure and layout. 满园彩票f a shrub looks out of place, now might be the time to move it (as long as the ground isn't too wet or frozen).
满园彩票inter homes for wildlife
满园彩票满园彩票f you can, take care not to disturb creatures hibernating in the corner of a shed, or under vegetation.
满园彩票eaves, dried stems and the seed heads of flowers provide shelter for over-wintering lacewings, ladybirds and other insects.
满园彩票满园彩票 pile of fallen branches is likely to have become home to a rich variety of wildlife, even a hedgehog. 满园彩票nstead of having a bonfire, rake rotting branches, grass clippings, fallen leaves into heaps and leave them to rot down naturally.
满园彩票ou seldom see any bare ground in nature, and it's a good principle to follow in your own garden. 满园彩票eave as much of last years vegetation in place as possible.
满园彩票满园彩票f you have bare areas around shrubs, grow ground cover plants such as ivy and periwinkle.
满园彩票obs for the month
- 满园彩票rim hedges if they are too straggly, only once the birds have eaten the berries
- 满园彩票lant trees, shrubs and hedges in milder weather.
- 满园彩票rune apple trees
- 满园彩票heck outdoor plants in pots, even in cold weather, to ensure compost is moist
- 满园彩票uild nest boxes
- 满园彩票heck birdbaths and ponds, and remove ice in cold weather
- 满园彩票ut out fresh water for birds
- 满园彩票lan for the coming year
- 满园彩票ake hardwood cuttings
满园彩票ow you can help
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