Snug as a Bug

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We may not like the creepy crawlies that live in our gardens, but insects can be the gardener’s best friend.

Whether they are pollinators or predators, they will help manage pests and keep your garden healthy, so it’s in our best interest  to help keep these bugs snug. Many bugs, such as beetles, woodlice, spiders and centipedes live, breed or hibernate in dark places in your garden, under logs, stones and in and under dead vegetation. Providing a habitat for these bugs such as piles of vegetation or artificial bug houses is a great way to boost the value of your garden for bugs. Its easy to do and a great way to involve the new young generation of gardeners to learn about their environment.

CREATE DEADWOOD HABITATS

Spiders can live under bark, and woodlice, centipedes, slugs, ground beetles, ants and earthworms can be living underneath a log and it’s easy to create that habitat in your garden! Simply pie up some wood and leave it to rot down over the colder wetter months.

MAKE A ROCK PILE

Unwanted bricks, concrete, clay pots and paving slabs works well. Leave things to rot, such as piling up leaves on compost heaps, which provide a warm, damp environment, leaving the bugs to create great free compost for your garden.

DON’T DEADHEAD!

Leave hollow stems and seed heads, as a garden feature but also as snug winter hideaways for small insects and spiders.

BUILD A BUG HOTEL

A great bug-friendly garden feature, even in the most formal of gardens, providing a great refuge and home to bugs.Plant evergreen shrubs and climbers in your garden, providing another great leafy hideaway for garden bugs.

Bug Hotel

Cut the bottom off of a plastic bottle, add a rolled up piece of corrugated card and string the bottle to a tree branch to create a winter home for ladybirds and lacewings.

Bug Box

Find a wooden box with an open front and attach it securely to a wall ensuring it’s sheltered from the rain. Stack materials in the box such as drilled logs, air bricks and bunches or tubes of canes.

Bug Pot

Working on the same principle of the BUG BOX. Stuff a plant pot with straw and place it somewhere upside-down in the garden, either on a sturdy cane or hanging from a tree. This gives bugs a cosy shelter out of the rain.

Bug Tube

Make a tube out of chicken wire and poke twigs through fill it with dead leaves. Finally lay a waterproof roof on top and hey presto, you’ve a great home for bugs.

Bug House

Much the same principle those listed above but in a permanent structure as shown in the main image.

Think about pollinator breeding spots.

Bee Hotel

A bee hotel for. Cut and tie together bamboo to provide a great bee hotel for solitary bees, place in a sunny but sheltered spot the garden, about 5ft up.

 

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