National Insect Week: Caring for Creepy Crawlies in Your Back GardenColin Campbell-Preston
Despite their tiny size, insects are a hugely important part of the natural world – helping to maintain prey and predator levels, whilst also pollinating some of the most beautiful flowers in your garden. This makes it hugely important that all insects are protected, one of the aims of the team behind National Insect Week.
From 20-26 June, the folks behind National Insect Week will be raising awareness of the importance of our tiny insect friends through a series of events and competitions. Gardeners, young and old, are invited to discover a little more about these wonderful creatures, what they bring to the garden, and why they should be celebrated.
And at Capital Gardens, we agree that every self-respecting gardener should do their bit to support these under-appreciated creatures, so here are a few tips for caring for creepy crawlies in your back garden.
The local bug life will have evolved in tandem with the native trees, shrubs and flowers – so will derive the most nutrition from these plants. Whilst an exotic tree or flowerbed can add a focal point to your garden without impacting the local bug population, it would be beneficial to ensure the majority of your plants are native.
Avoid Bug Zappers
This might sound like an obvious entry, but it is of paramount importance to avoid placing bug zappers around your home and garden. We all know that bugs flying around your head and drink can be incredibly irritating during a balmy summer evening in the garden, but try and avoid the temptation to remedy this with an insect genocide.
Pick Single Bloom Flowers
Most insects have not evolved to the point where their mouthparts can access the nectar of double bloom flowers, so will not be able to feed on these plants. Sticking to single bloom flowers can expand the buffet upon which the insects dine. Furthermore, this can increase the pollinating power of the local bug populations, helping your garden bloom into beautiful colour.
A simple way to pack your garden full of insect-friendly plants is investing in the Butterflies and Bees pack from Capital Gardens, and planting the seeds within. All the bright and beautiful flowers grown from this pack will attract local bug life with their attractive colours and easy-to-access nectar.
Pick Organic Fertilisers
Certain fertilisers can have a disastrous effect upon the local bug population, deterring them from dining on plants you’ve treated to the formulas and killing those who have taken a bite. Organic fertilisers can help your garden bloom beautifully without impacting upon the local wildlife. The Capital Gardens Eco-Gardening range is full of great organic solutions, for the environmentally-conscious gardener.
Make a Bee House
The bee population is falling at a startling rate, a stat which could have a huge impact upon the entire planet. This makes it incredibly important we all do our bit to make the world a little more hospitable for our greatest pollinators.
The National Wildlife Federation suggests building a bee house is one of the best steps you could take to help save the bees, and they’ve provided an easy-to-follow guide to help you put one together.
For more help making your garden a wonderful place for you, your friends, local wildlife and the bug population to congregate, visit one of the Capital Gardens centres listed on our homepage or call our dedicated team on 0208 874 2037.