Posted: 20/08/2015 at 13:00
Just a couple of small points from a less than expert gardener - I read in one of Monty Don's articles. (Saturday Mail Weekend supplement) that he advises not killing ants as they do no harm (unless coming into the house and being a nuisance.)
Also, be careful encouraging foxes - one killed a Yorkie here in the Bournemouth area a while ago, also someone's cat.
Lastly, If you are a bit short on funds do try Freecycle. I have disposed of loads of things and also acquired some very useful items (yesterday I collected 20 small bags of topsoil to fill up my shallow borders and a virtually new highchair for my daughter's baby!) I will be advertising my small areas of grass - for turf - as I will be gravelling/paving. Lots of paving seen on Freecycle too! You can request items but usually only one item per fortnight - depending on the rules in your area.