wildlife gardening - compost heap - encourage bugs, birds and reptiles.
A compost heap is important in any garden. You can use it to recycle all your kitchen and garden waste into rich, organic compost that’s great for the soil and plants.
Compost can be used to improve the soil structure and drainage, as a mulch to cut down on water loss, and as a fertiliser to improve the soil’s fertility. Making compost is cheap and easy. You can build your own container to hold the organic matter while it decays, or buy a wooden or plastic bin.
Inside the compost, worms and fungi feed on the rotting vegetable matter. Insect predators feed on the slugs, insects and other invertebrates that are attracted to the heap. Birds visit to seek out insects and seeds. Some animals, such as common newts and slow worms (pictured), shelter there during the day.
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Beware of late frosts and keep vulnerable plants and new shoots protected at night if frost is forecast. Keep an eye on your local weather forecast.
Spread compost on your borders it enriches the soil with nutrients and acts as a mulch to prevent weed growth. If you haven't got a compost bin start one for next year.
Tidy up any remaining leaves and general garden rubbish. It's home to slugs, snails, vine weevil and woodlice and is best in the compost bin. Clean decking and patios of algae and moss.
April is the best time to plant an evergreen, such as laurel or box.