How to make a new build garden for wildlife
All the noise and disturbance involved in the construction of a house is likely to have frightened away any wildlife. It may be strangely quiet, no birdsong or insects buzzing, but with a bit of encouragement, your garden can become a popular destination for a wide range of visitors.
While new build gardens are typically bland and often void of plants, the advantage is that you have a blank canvas to work with. Improving the stony, thin, compacted soil requires some time and effort, but many wildflowers actually prefer poorer soils, so conditions are ideal for this kind of wildlife-friendly planting. Although it may take some time for other plants, shrubs and trees to get established, you can start from scratch and plan exactly what you would like to put in.
Try not to think of your garden in isolation, but as a jigsaw piece, slotting in next to many other green spaces to provide wildlife with a ‘corridor’ in which to move around freely. With this in mind, why not encourage your new build neighbours to follow your wildlife gardening lead?
Planning your wildlife-friendly garden
Establishing your garden
Maintaining your new garden