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Rewilding: The Trend That Will Transform Your Garden In A Few Simple Steps

Published: 16/07/2021

Luscious green landscapes, astounding floral arrangements, and meticulously mown lawns are truly a sight to behold… but they take a lot of work! Sure, the more green fingered among us may revel at the idea of spending hours in the sunshine sprucing, pruning, and primping their outdoor space, but for many of us, the thought of gardening sounds a lot more like hard, backbreaking work than a hobbyist’s dream. The solution? Rewilding! 

Aimed at attracting wildlife into your backyard, rewilding is an extremely popular method of gardening, resulting in a wonderful display of flora and fauna. The best part? You barely need to lift a finger to do it! Yes, unlike pristine paradises, rewilding champions the controlled chaos of nature. So, instead of spending hours mowing and hoeing, you concentrate on letting Mother Nature do what she does best: growing! This hands-off approach to horticulture promotes biodiversity - not just in terms of plants, but also the wildlife that will flock to your new haven of herbage - making your garden the place to ‘bee’ for critters, creatures, and vegetation. 

Ideal for those who groan at the idea of gardening, suffer with mobility issues, or want to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle, rewilding offers a host of benefits to you and your garden. Not to mention, once the wildflowers bloom and the bees come a-buzzin’, the sights and sounds are truly remarkable - it’s like creating your very own Secret Garden! What’s not to love about this trend?

Of course, you’ll still want to make use of your garden and keep it looking somewhat prim and proper - you’re looking for an oasis, not an overgrown mess, after all! With that in mind, we’ve put together this helpful blog to help you rewild without ruining your garden’s charm and appeal. From maintenance tips to must-have additions, we’ve got everything you need to give rewilding a go and spruce up your outdoor space for the better. You grow, girl!

Welcome to the jungle!

weeds

No matter the size of your garden, you’ll have opportunities galore to rewild your backyard and make it infinitely more attractive to wildlife. Before you start on your journey to creating a wildlife garden, you’ll need to make peace with the idea that it’s good to sit back and let the weeds grow! We know, we know, this goes against everything you’ve ever been told about gardening, but before you reach for the weed killer, hear us out! 

Part of the beauty of rewilding is how many creatures and critters it attracts - and for that, you need all sorts of vegetation. Those nettles in the corner? Think of them as fantastic caterpillar nurseries for butterflies. Overgrown thistles? They’re a haven for bees. Contrary to popular belief, weeds are the perfect plants for wildlife, and by letting them grow wild, you’ll be creating an area suited to all kinds of company.

Of course, if you’re someone who can't bear to see weeds growing higher than the fences and want to trim things back regardless, you absolutely can - you won’t be removing the plant entirely by giving it a bit of a Chelsea chop! Use a strimmer for a quick and easy way to neaten things up, or grab a pair of secateurs for a more refined look. Remember: rewilding doesn’t necessarily mean letting things get out of control; you can still sculpt your space however you like. Think of it as the easiest way to achieve a glorious green space!

Win over wildlife

blue tit eating from bird feed

Although letting your garden grow is a great way to attract wildlife, there are a few extra additions you can get your hands on to encourage an influx of visitors. For this, think simple! All living creatures need these three things to survive: food, water, and shelter. Pack your garden with these resources, and it won’t be long before it comes to life! 

When it comes to enticing animals, bird feeders are a great place to start. They’re incredibly simple to set up, easy to replenish, and will certainly attract a flock of feathered friends! To accommodate a plethora of palettes, grab yourself a few feeders and stuff them with different types of food. Robins, dunnocks, blue tits, and great tits are commonly seen pecking away at suet balls and munching on mealworms, while nuthatches, finches, and wrens are particularly fond of nuts. Depending on the type of seed you get, you could tempt anything from chaffinches and collared doves to starlings and sparrows. They say variety is the spice of life, and you certainly won’t be short on that with a few well-placed feeders in your garden. 

Of course, gorging is thirsty work, so you’ll need to provide a water source for some well-deserved drinks! Delightfully decorative and fabulously functional, a bird bath is a must for every glorious green space. If you’re lucky enough, you may even get to see them frolic, play, and splash the day away - it really is a fantastic sight, particularly for budding bird-watchers

Other small animals can be trickier to attract, so you’ll need to get as creative as you can! Hedgehogs are reclusive, shy beasts, so in order to get a few of these to enter your yard, you’ll need to source a hedgehog house and cover it in twigs and leaves. This will provide a quiet place for any hedgehogs to stay, without them feeling vulnerable. If you’re not able to buy a house for the hedgehog or you’re feeling extra creative, why not make your own? Either get a trowel and dig a hole that they can burrow in, find a few rocks and prop them up to make a shelter, or get out the tools and make your very own hedgehog hotel from scratch - the choice is yours!

It feels good to ‘bee’ home

boys with bug houses

When it comes to attracting bugs and bees, you’ll need to think harder about the ways you invite these creepy crawlies into your garden. As much as creating a haven for wildlife is exciting and great for nature, it’s likely you’ll still want to keep parts of your garden critter-free to host garden parties or sunbathe during the scorching summer. These activities won’t be quite as pleasant if you’ve got thousands of bees and butterflies swarming around your head! Therefore, follow these short steps in order to make a happy home for insects that allows them to live peacefully in the garden alongside you! 

Here at OnBuy, we have a bee-utiful selection of beehives for you to explore, ranging from solid stacks that you’d find at an apiary to compact creations that can be attached to trees. So, whether you have masses of space or you’re slightly more limited, there’s no reason why you can’t get your hands on one of these handy hives! Spread the word, the grand opening of your Air Bee-N-Bee is just around the corner!

For a slightly more personal project, why not create your own insect hotel? A wonderful activity for little ones, this five-minute craft is a fun way to teach your kids all about conservation - and it’s incredibly easy and inexpensive, too! Check out the video from Chester Zoo below to find out how to make your own bug-friendly boudoir.

Rustic revamp

rustic garden look

What’s better to go hand-in-hand with your newly rewilded garden than a brand new set of garden furniture that’ll complement the rustic vibe? After all, your garden should be just as much enjoyed by you as it is by your wild visitors! Ensure you keep a section of your garden trimmed back and empty, so you’ve got a lovely area that can be used for hosting garden parties, having a few drinks with friends, or simply to sunbathe with a good book

When it comes to relaxing in the great outdoors, you really can’t go wrong with a rustic garden bench. With a style that’s reminiscent of forest walks and hidden gems that can be found deep in the flora, these fabulous pieces of furniture add that extra bit of oomph to your outdoor aesthetic. Pair it with a classic garden table, and suddenly you’ve created an al fresco area that’s perfect for barbecued banquets! Alternatively, for an all-in-one table and chairs set, why not get yourself a picnic bench? Filled with happy memories of childhood adventures and tucking into mum’s home-made sandwiches, you can’t beat the charm of a classic picnic bench. Drape some outdoor string lights over the nearest fence or wind them around the closest tree for that opulent finishing touch, and it won’t be long before you’re unwinding in the inviting atmosphere of warm illuminations well into the night.

Garden glow up

big garden with flowers

If you’re looking for a simple solution to gardening, you can’t beat rewilding! Incredibly low maintenance, naturally beautiful, and hugely beneficial for biodiversity, the advantages just keep on coming with this terrific trend. So, take a walk on the wild side and let that garden grow!

Searching for even more ways to level up your garden aesthetic? We’ve got you sorted with our extensive range of garden furniture! Showcasing everything from snooze-worthy sun loungers to pretty parasols, heavenly hammocks to supersized sets, you’ll find anything to make your garden the best it's ever been here at OnBuy. We’ve even got a selection of dedicated garden furniture guides to help you make the right decision for your taste, space, and budget. 

With OnBuy here to lend a hand, it’s never been easier to achieve the glorious garden of your dreams - and with summer just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to spruce up your space!

Why is rewilding important?

red squirrel

To end our blog, we wanted to provide our eco-conscious customers with a little extra information about the wonderful world of rewilding. Sure, visually, it provides a fantastic view of nature’s finest flora and fauna, but it goes beyond aesthetics. In fact, rewilding is a massive game player in the fight for conservation: it can help to tackle climate change and even reverse species extinction.

According to Rewilding Britain, an organisation dedicated to tackling the climate emergency and extinction crisis, more than half of our species here in Britain are in decline and a whopping 15% is threatened with extinction. When we think of extinction, we usually think of exotic animals from far-flung lands, but the reality is far closer to home than we think. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get involved and jump on the rewilding hype - and it can be as simple as simply doing nothing! 

Rewilding complements existing conservation efforts but with a more long-term approach. Instead of focusing solely on managing the decline of certain species and nature spots, it targets a much larger scale. It aims to restore the wider natural processes that support life, like grazing and natural woodland regeneration, in a bid to restore the environment and help nature flourish. Even sectors seeking a more sustainable solution to operational processes can get in on it and do their bit for future generations. Think regenerative farming, marine protection, nature tourism, and low-impact silviculture, for example.

For more information, including a comprehensive overview of rewilding and a list of fundraising ideas for those who want to get even more involved, check out Rewilding Britain’s website here.