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Wildlife gardening. Wildlife habitats or homes for nature. Nesting boxes and ponds, deadwood piles and insect and bug hotels. Hedgehog highways and trees and plants for pollinators.

Best wood-shed ever?

This is taking 'greenhouse' to a whole new level! #Springspiration

Posted by STIHL on Friday, 24 April 2015
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Wildlife gardening – trees to attract bees in spring

Wildlife gardening - trees to attract bees in  spring. The top trees to attract bees to your garden from Telegraph gardening's list of flowers and plants.   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/beekeeping/9981527/The-best-spring-flowers-and-plants-to-attract-bees.html?frame=2531042

Pussy willow

Pussy willow is a name given to many of the smaller species of the genus Salix (willows and sallows) when their furry catkins are young in early spring. These species include (among many others):
  • Goat willow or goat sallow (Salix caprea), a small tree native to northern Europe and northwest Asia.
  • Grey willow or grey sallow (Salix cinerea), a small tree native to northern Europe
  • American pussy willow (Salix discolor), native to northern North America.
also see London Tree Surgeons / Willow Trees

Crab apple

Crab apple or wild apple Malus (/ˈmeɪləs/ or /ˈmæləs/), apple, is a genus of about 30–55 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including the domesticated orchard...

wildlife gardening – compost heap – London Tree Surgeons

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. [caption id="attachment_1702" align="alignleft" width="300"]wildlife gardening - compost heap -... 						
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April gardening tips – Compost Time!

April gardening tips

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.  ...