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Maintaining a wildlife-friendly garden in Ireland

Maintaining a wildlife-friendly garden can help support local ecosystems and promote biodiversity. Here are some tips for wildlife-friendly garden maintenance:

Avoid using pesticides: Pesticides can harm wildlife and disrupt the delicate balance of your garden's ecosystem. Instead, use natural pest control methods such as companion planting and handpicking pests.

Provide water sources: Wildlife needs water to survive, so make sure your garden has a source of water such as a birdbath, pond or shallow dish.

Leave dead plants and debris: Dead plants and debris provide important habitat for insects and small animals. Consider creating a compost pile to recycle garden waste.

Plant native species: Native plants are adapted to the local climate and provide food and shelter for local wildlife. Choose a variety of plants that bloom at different times throughout the year to provide year-round food sources.

Create habitat: Incorporate features such as birdhouses, bee hotels, and bat boxes to provide additional shelter for wildlife.

Use sustainable garden practices: Reduce waste by composting and recycling, use rain barrels to collect water for irrigation, and choose eco-friendly garden products.

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