First-time homeowners often prefer the safety and comfort of a new build to the established homeliness of an older property. All things considered, recent properties come with multiple advantages. They are energy-efficient, which is a major step up compared to ancient buildings. You’re a lot less likely to struggle with heat loss, poor water systems or even dangerous electrical installations. On the contrary, you get a brand new home with the best materials at the best costs. From the point of views of environmentally-friendly families, it’s the best possible decision.
Except that new builds tend to be established on top of safe industrial or commercial sites, which can dramatically affect the arrival of wildlife! If you’re wondering how to turn your fresh new estate garden into a productive ecosystem, here are the things you need to consider:
Prepare the soil
You can expect to experience difficulties trying to grow any plant in your garden at first. That’s because the ground is likely to be compact. Indeed, when your home is built on top of a previous industrial or commercial estate, the ground has gone through extreme loads of earlier buildings, car parks or roads. Consequently, you need to aerate the soil manually with a spike aerator that lets you poke holes into the ground. You might also want to dig through the top surface to remove the potential construction rubbles and stones that might have been accumulated over the years.
Basic requirements: Food, shelter, and water
You need to fulfill wildlife’s most basic requirements if you want to create a welcoming space for small animals and plants to grow. As a rule of the thumb, creatures and nature need feeding, shelter, and water. Therefore, you’ll be able to dramatically improve your garden by adding a small pond. You can dig a hole no deeper than a couple of feet to make it work. However, to ensure that the pond is safe to use, make sure to line its base and to use specialist pond supplies to aerate the water – otherwise, algae might grow and spoil it. Finally, you can attract small animals by building dedicated shelters. Bird or Hedgehog houses are popular and easy to assemble using wood materials. If you have some time and DIY skills, you can make a birdhouse to hang either on a tree or on your side wall. Trees, plants, and seeds in the garden can provide food for your guests.
Limit your negative impacts
There’s no way around it. If you want to attract nature and build a new ecosystem where you live, you have to approach your gardening and lawn care activities with environmentally-friendly practices. While it might be more accessible to use chemical fertilizers and other products to help your soil, you should try green alternatives instead such as making your own compost. Growing your fertilizer is not only a great way to reduce your wastes, but it brings tons of natural nutrients to the soil too! Additionally, if you’re keen to keep your garden chemical-free, you can develop a companion plants strategy to deter pests naturally.
Aside from the aesthetic gain you get from a garden, introducing a green space in a newly built estate acts as a wildlife catalyst that protects the local biodiversity. From keeping your soil fertile to ensuring your garden is wildlife-friendly, you need to roll up your sleeves to make your green yard dream come true. Especially if you are growing food, not lawns.