5 Easy Ways to Encourage Garden Wildlife this Summer

It’s pretty easy to encourage garden wildlife in the Summer. Following Spring, the garden is teeming with bugs, amphibians, and birds. Here are some tips for making them a lovely home.

5 Easy Ways to Encourage Garden Wildlife this Summer 1Summer bee collecting pollen from flowers – Image Courtesy of Pexels

Use Tree Cuttings to Attract Animals

Trees and bushes thrive in the Summer. And because they grow rapidly, they can quickly become unmanageable. You can have your trees pruned and debris removed by professional tree lopping services. You can, however, use leaves and branches in your garden to surround tree roots. By spreading dead leaves over your roots, you can provide a safe haven for smaller animals. In these damp, darkened caverns, hedgehogs, frogs, and other small animals thrive. Additionally, you can use the cuttings and leaves to provide food and shelter in the garden.

Spruce Up the Pond Area

Spring and Summer are peak seasons for wildlife, so clean out the pond before they arrive. A clean pond in the Summer prepares it to accept new life. Many types of life, however, will make their home in your pond plants and debris. So carefully remove everything from your pond and scatter leaves and branches around it. Frogs, newts, and dragonflies will find this appealing and make their homes in your pond area. Be careful not to trap any animals. Instead, carefully check for any trapped animals or bugs, and move them to more suitable areas around your pond.

Encourage Garden Wildlife with Sun Shade

Ponds are also popular with frogs, who enjoy bathing, swimming, and breeding. And they love temperatures between 37O F and 96O F. Yet ponds aren’t always the most secure location for them. However, you can create a safe space by providing shelter for them to spend the Summer safely. This is where roofing tiles and shingles come in handy. Shingles and tiles have many nooks and crannies. And these are ideal for amphibians to nest in. However, be sure to check that your pond is free of obstructions, or the amphibians might have a hard time breathing.

Dry Out Flower Stems for Bug Homes

Dried stems can boost bug and insect activity even more. Any dried stems you leave lying around will attract bugs and insects. Insects love to nest in the gaps between limbs and surrounding areas. These are especially attractive to spiders. This provides excellent picking grounds for the animals and birds that consume them. However, it would help if you placed the stems correctly. Place them in stacks when trimming them in the Summer. This ensures that any insect residents have time to come out from inside to find a new home before Autumn arrives.

Let the Hedges Grow Out a Little

Summer is a great time to get your tools out and trim the hedges. However, any wildlife living within it may suffer as a result. If you leave the hedges untrimmed, you’ll attract more wildlife like hedgehogs and small Summer birds. The birds will have more time to eat any berries and seeds on the hedges if you leave the pruning for a bit longer. Furthermore, insects and bugs that prefer to nest in small gaps will find a perfect home in any wall-crawling plants. As a result, bug-eating birds have a plentiful supply of food that they can eat and store for Autumn.


You can encourage garden wildlife this Summer by making some minor changes. These include Clearing the pond, using tree cuttings as shelter, and using dried cuttings for bugs.

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  • Samantha Donnelly

    June 20, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    I love seeing wildlife in our garden, at the moment we have a squirrel that my dog is desperate to catch. We get a lot of birds and recently had a mother and baby woodpecker

  • Melanie Edjourian

    June 21, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    These are great suggestions. We have planted flowers in pots and put them on our balcony and have bees and other bugs visiting.

  • Steph

    June 23, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    What wonderful ideas, I’m always looking for ways to encourage the wildlife, it’s so nice in our gardens

  • Kara Guppy

    June 27, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    We have planted some meadow flowers and have a small washbowl sunken in the garden – we already have a resident toad

  • Nathan Schwartz

    July 17, 2023 at 6:17 am

    Great ideas here, I never thought to use tree cuttings as a way to attract animals. I am a twitcher (bird wathcer), I have multiple bird baths and ponds around my yard and it attracts plenty of birds.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 17, 2023 at 7:10 pm

      It’s always good to find something new to try 🙂

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