Build a bug ho­tel

Garden Answers (UK) - - Easy Gardening -

As days get shorter and tem­per­a­tures start to drop, gar­den in­sects will be look­ing for places to shel­ter over winter. It’s the ideal time to make a wildlife-friendly bug ho­tel. Lacewing, la­dy­bird and hov­er­fly lar­vae will thank you for your hos­pi­tal­ity by eat­ing any pesky aphids next spring. Scout the shed or garage for a wooden crate or pal­let then cre­ate com­part­ments us­ing old slates, tiles and wood of­f­cuts. Gaps can be filled with gar­den prun­ings, straw, fallen leaves and pine cones to make nooks and cran­nies that lit­tle crea­tures will snug­gle into and keep warm over winter.

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