Conservation in the garden: What is important in May


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Conservation plays an important role in the home garden for many hobby gardeners. In May, the animals are already highly active: birds nest or feed their young, bumblebees, bees, hoverflies, butterflies and Co. buzz through the air, pollinate plants and diligently collect nectar. What you can do now, so that the animals feel comfortable with you, you will find in our conservation tips of the month.

More conservation through year-round feed

Not only in winter, birds depend on human help. Now in May, where the animals breed or already have their offspring to feed, it is important that enough food is available. Native species such as the star, the robin or the blue tit feed on insects, primarily caterpillars, spiders or beetles. If there are not enough of them in your garden, you can feed them specifically by offering the birds, for example, mealworms.

Bee pastures for the kitchen garden

Not only do you benefit from herbs such as rosemary or oregano in the kitchen, insects also find valuable food sources. For example, wild thyme is the preferred food plant of many butterfly caterpillars. Nasturtium, savory, hyssop or lemon balm are appreciated by the animals as well as chives, sage or lavender.

Monarch on Chive Blossom

Butterflies like the monarch fly on blooming chives!

Animal friendly hedge trimming

Thanks to the Federal Nature Conservation Act, the cutting of hedges in the period from 1 March to 30 September in Germany for reasons of nature conservation is prohibited anyway. Of course, smaller cutting jobs, such as those that occur in the garden in spring, can nevertheless be carried out. Avoid the animals for heavy machinery and electrical cutting tool. In May, many birds nest in hedges, and hedgehogs also seek refuge there. It is better for the now due to cut shape on hand tools such as hedge trimmers or the like.

Ecologically designed garden pond

A garden pond per se provides more nature protection in the garden - if it's ecologically designed, but much more. Not only is it a watering place and water trough for small animals and birds, it also attracts innumerable insects such as dragonflies or water beetles into your garden. Not to mention frogs and toads. Important is the planting. Hornblatt (hornwort) ensures good water quality and provides oxygen. The same applies to the Bachbunge, the swamp forget-me-not or the popular water lilies. In the planting of the pond edge, for example, female or hawkweed have proven to be useful. For an ecological garden pond, it is essential that you make the shore shallow, so that hedgehogs or small rodents such as mice - if they fall into the pond - can easily climb out again.

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