Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Attract Wild Life to Your Landscape

Learn how to attract wild life to your landscape. A landscape in Cape Town has such great potential for being a wilderness paradise. 


Why not take advantage of our native species to create a landscape that’s both pleasant to wake up to with different birdlife songs and seeing little creatures run across your yard. 

This is all about living in harmony with our environment. And we hope this blog inspires you just must as much as nature inspires us every day.

Tips to creating your Wildlife attracting Landscape in Cape Town.

Planting initiatives in the neighborhood:

This is number one on the list for a reason. Encouraging planting around the neighborhood creates a greater scale ecosystem that can be micro-scaled to your garden. So go out there and contribute as much as you can.

By planting trees in your landscape you are encouraging wildlife habitats. For different wild life can enjoy like birds and squirrels and all those little guys you barely get to see but provide food for your bigger species.

Plant hedges:

This is a great alternative for those who don’t have a large garden space and the more clumped together they are, the more attraction they will have for as habitats to wildlife.

Create a wilderness area:

This can be as simple as not being overly neat in your garden, the simple idea behind this is trying to mirror a natural environment as much as possible.

Hang a bird feeder and box:

This old school trick still works just perfectly, yes bribe our little creature away, they love it! Also consider creating a lower feeder for squirrels or they will end up eating up all the bird food before the birds can get there.


Plant Indigenous plants:

Indigenous plants have a better chance of attracting wild life as they provide the essentials indigenous wild life seeks. It just makes sense doesn’t it?!

Plant as much Wildflowers as possible:

A lot of insects and birds primarily feed on nectar and in return pollinate your plants which ensures years of more wildflowers. So you do the first job and they’ll keep your wildflower garden for you.

Leave decaying wood around your landscape:

This encourages beetles and all sorts of other smaller creature which help aerate your soil and also become part of a food chain right in your backyard.

Water features, baths and ponds:

This will not only encourage wild life in the pool of water but also serves to quench the thirst of your new friends around the garden.

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We hope these tips have inspired you and please do share to inspire more people and encourage living in harmony with our environment. For any questions or quotes,   contact us at Village Gardens.

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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