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How to safely treat your lawn for birds and wildlife

Blog | Lawn Care Tips | Posted on August 9, 2021 at 10:44 am by

A freshly laid turf lawn looks great to you and me, but for birds and wildlife it can look like an invitation to dinner or a place to set up home.

Carbutts Gold Standard Turf is designed to withstand a reasonable amount of wear and tear, and that includes the impact of garden creatures.

But there are some steps you can take to look after your lawn in a way that protects it against the more severe effects of wildlife passing through.

How to deter wildlife from gardens

It’s important to give natural wildlife somewhere to live and you can do this by attracting wildlife to your garden but you also don’t want your new turf lawn to be completely colonised, especially by any kind of biting insect.

Several natural oils and plants have been linked with repelling different creatures – and some of them you can grow in your flowerbeds.

Examples include:

Check if a substance is harmful to grass (e.g. vinegar) and, if it is, make sure you only apply it to surrounding areas like walls, fences and patios.

The wildlife itself can help too, so if you’re lucky enough to live in an area where hedgehogs prowl, you might want to make your garden as hedgehog-friendly as possible, as they will feast on slugs and insects and help to protect your grass and plants as a result.

How to kill weeds without hurting wildlife

You might welcome wildlife but still want to keep your lawn free from weeds, and again there are safe ways to do this.

Mass-market weedkillers like Miracle-Gro EverGreen Complete 4 in 1 are safe for pets once the grass has fully dried out after application.

Or if you enjoy spending time working in the garden, you could adopt a policy of pulling weeds out manually – be sure to remove them by the root and any small gaps left behind in your grass should quickly fill back in with healthy growth.

Regular lawn care will help keep your grass healthy and reduce weed growth:

Scarifying removes the dead ‘thatch’ from around the base of your grass shoots, and can help to control unwanted growth like moss and weeds that can choke your grass.

Build a wildlife area

Finally, why not welcome the wildlife into your garden, but with a dedicated area for birds, insects and small garden mammals?

Hang birdhouses and insect hotels, put out food like nuts, seeds and fat balls, add a water feature for drinking and bathing, and plenty of ground-level growth to shelter in.

Always check carefully before using power tools like lawnmowers, strimmers and hedge trimmers, as it’s sometimes hard to tell when a hedgehog is hiding or a bird is nesting.

Ultimately, our gardens are home to all kinds of wildlife – much of which is beneficial for your lawn, or at least is not harmful – so a ‘live and let live’ attitude can have its benefits in the long run.

For further information on Carbutts’ turf, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.