Why is it so important to understand how invasive species impact our environment and to eradicate them? According to the Invasive Species Website, invasive species can have a negative effect on natural resources, human health, and the economy.
- If you don’t already have a water feature, bird bath or water trough in your garden, think about installing one now. Water supplies are difficult to find in the winter months and by offering this precious commodity, it will help the wildlife survive the season.
- Keep the dying and dead leaves of perennials and bulbs and grass stalks until the end of winter. Many creatures like spiders, wasps, butterflies etc., will live under the leaves and amongst the grass stalks. If you cut them down now, there will be no place for next season’s beneficial insects to live out the cold weather.
Gardening is a delightful hobby however there are a few Garden Hazards any gardener should take heed of to avoid injury:
- Thorns and spikes on plants that could damage eyes and tender feet.
- Poisonous plant sap, flowers and berries.
- Exposed tree roots that cone could trip over.
- Chipped or uneven pavers.
- The sharp top ends of tree stakes. The best is to cover them with a cork.
- Unprotected bodies of water like bird baths, ponds and water features for small children.
- Slippery paving and mossy soil in shaded areas.
- Gardening tools (especially hard rakes) that have not been packed away are particularly hazardous.