Grow pond side plants for frogs

Garden wildlife jobs for July

Find out how you can give the wildlife in your garden a helping hand in July.

In July, some baby creatures, such as frogs, toads and hedgehogs, will be beginning to emerge – and they will need a helping hand in the form of food and shelter.

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Sowing biennial flowers and mowing perennial meadows are other wildlife gardening jobs you can do in July – find out more below.

In July, some baby creatures, such as frogs, toads and hedgehogs, will be beginning to emerge.

Help baby frogs

Grow pond-side plants so that frogs have safe hiding places. Leave areas of long grass around your pond to provide shelter for emerging frogs, toads and newts. Take care when mowing to avoid harming any amphibians sheltering there.

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Avoid trimming hedges

Blackbirds and thrushes often nest as late as August, so don’t trim hedges until the last of this season’s birds have left their nests.

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Sow biennials

Sow wildlife-friendly biennial plants, such as honesty, teasels (pictured) and foxgloves, that will flower next year.

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Feed hedgehogs

Leave out water and meat-based dog or cat food (ideally chicken flavour) for hedgehogs. Babies should be emerging any day now and this extra food will help them fatten up before going into hibernation in late autumn.

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Cut down perennial meadows

Use a strimmer to cut down perennial meadows. Leave seedheads where they fall for a few days to let the seeds scatter into the soil, then gather up the clippings for compost. Then mow the meadow the meadow to make the meadow short and even. Remove all the mowings to avoid enriching the soil – most wildflowers grow best in low-nutrient conditions.

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