It’s summer! You can start to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour: your wild flowers should be in full bloom, insects will be feeding on the pollen and nectar of these plants and birds will start feeding on any soft fruits and berries.
Water will soon be evaporated from the ground so try to use mulch on surfaces to keep water in. You can use water butts to conserve water, and use it to water plants and keep your pond topped up and if the weather is very hot keep any containers or bird baths topped up daily– the birds will appreciate it!
If your compost bin is looking too dry you can also add a bit of rain water from your water butts. Use a fork to turn it over to aerate it and activate the bacteria that will turn your waste into lovely rich compost to put back into your wildlife garden.
Watch for birds fledging their nests – don’t forget that birds nest right throughout the summer so try not to cut back shrubs or hedging too much, if at all. With all these youngsters around, it's a good idea to keep your bird feeders well topped up. Find out what you should be feeding the birds in our video here.
The warm summer nights will bring in moths attracted to highly scented flowers such as honeysuckle. This in turn will attract bats, so keep your eyes open! To find out more about helping and attracting bats to your wildlife garden, check out our video here.
Now is also the time to collect some seeds and take cuttings. You can collect fox glove seeds for next year and take cuttings from Dianthus. Also sow autumn flowering bulbs such as Autumn Crocus (Colchicum Autumnale) and tie in climbers such as Honeysuckles and Clematis, remove the leaves of early vigorous plants to allow smaller flowers the chance to come through and provide later food for bees and butterflies. Continue selective weeding to remove vigorous unwanted weeds. Enjoy the summer!