In our previous blog, we discussed the careful symbiotic relationships that are needed to make your garden thrive instead of just be. Nature is built on a series of symbiotic relationships and although it’s not necessarily as blatant as the little birds cleaning the hippo’s back, it’s still there to be seen with a keen eye. Honing the symbiotic relationships between animals and plants in your garden will help you to cultivate a beautiful little slice of nature. With an encouraging hand, you can foster both animal and plant life, until it’s unwanted animal life, like gophers. Make sure the animals touching your plants and dwelling in your garden are supposed to be there by installing gopher baskets in the base of your favorite plants so that gophers won’t destroy your hard work in one fell swoop. In our previous blog, we discussed how to attract pollinators for your plants. In this blog, we’ll discuss the other animal-plant relationships that will help your garden.
The Circle of Life
Sometimes, it’s more than leaves falling off and decaying to become apart of enriched soil. Sometimes, the circle of life comes in the form of the food chain. Predators and prey won’t always come in the form of lions and gazelle, sometimes it’s just a frog and a mosquito. On an even smaller scale, the predatory bugs you want in your garden will reduce the likelihood of pests eating your leaves and slowly promoting illness among your plants. In fact, wasps and ladybugs make for great predators that can keep down the population of plant-killing pests in your garden. This natural solution will prevent you having to spray your plants with harmful chemicals to keep the pests at bay. Birds are a great addition to any garden as they love slugs which will happily chew through your plants and they pollinate. It’s easy to set up a bird feeder and allow them to have the run of the garden. As a backup, try planting some plants that attract ladybugs, they’re always pretty cute and will tear through the pests while adding some color to your garden. If you have a water feature in your yard, you can invest in some fish or a couple of frogs to take care of the mosquito population for you.
Since you’re the main gardener, you’ll be the only one placing seeds wherever you’d like them, but there are some animals who will move those seed around for you. For example, ants are known for relocating flower seeds rather often, so if some of your flowers start spreading somewhere else, you might be able to point to your ant population. If there are tree sprouts popping up, you can point to the squirrels trying to hide their nuts and accidentally planting them instead. This is actually important to diversifying your plant ecosystem so that your plants will be better off if diseases or something else comes along. Species that you didn’t intend to plant could pop up, and unless you’re terribly averse to keeping them there, it might be nice to let them stay. This diversification from squirrels and other seed spreaders is valuable for your garden’s immunity and evolution.
The relationship between your garden and the gophers lurking in their tunnels is not symbiotic. Nobody gets anything out of gophers devouring your roots. Don’t let those critters destroy your yard, force them back out into the wilderness with some gopher wire wrapped around the roots of your garden to ward them off. Shop our products now.