Around a third of all plants need pollination to set fruit, and pollination occurs naturally when butterflies hop between flowers sipping nectar. Sadly, butterfly populations are increasingly compromised by habitat loss due to climate change, deforestation, and pesticide use. So by making your garden butterfly friendly, you can do something at home to contribute towards their wellbeing while helping flora in your area flourish. Consider planting nectar-rich species like Buddleia, Butterfly Weed (Asclepia), Verbena, Joe-Pye Weed, Daisies, or perennial Snapdragons.
At Husqvarna we’ve spent the past 100 years creating tools to help people look after the nature they love. We believe every garden plays a part in carrying forward biodiversity.
It's our initiative to encourage everyone with a garden to consider some of the simple ways they can help cater to the well-being of flora and fauna in their area.
Help supporting us in shaping nature for life.
Your garden wouldn’t be the same without them. Meet some of your garden’s most valuable players.
The hedgehog is one of the most popular animals in our close environment. In addition to being super cute, the hedgehog preys on many common garden pests like snails and snakes.For unknown reasons, the hedgehog population has decreased rapidly in the past five years. Help them avoid traffic by building holes and paths for easy passage through your garden.
Ladybirds are hungry, hungry bugs. In fact, they can eat up to 5000 aphids over a lifetime. So, if you want to keep your garden free of pests such as mealybugs, mites and scale you should stay on the ladybug’s good side by putting out tiny bowls of water once in a while.
Another MVP you want to see in your garden is the butterfly – a highly positive indicator of garden health. Along with bees, these flittering insects are important pollinators.
Earthworms are nature’s soil engineers! By simply moving through the soil, earthworms loosen, aerate and drain it, bringing a host of benefits. Nutrients rise to the surface, the soil becomes more fertile, and the earth becomes more resistant to flooding and erosion. The sight of earthworms is a good thing since they are barometers of soil health – they are sensitive to soil pollutants, such as pesticide residue or unwanted heavy metals.
If you see small piles of dirt being dug up in your lawn – especially during autumn and spring – it’s the result of the work made by the earth worms, so rest assured that this is a sign of good health! Finally, being rich in protein, earthworms are an important food source for some of your garden’s other guests.
This MVP needs no introduction. These feisty miracle workers do wonders for your garden, but as the bee population is decreasing at a worrying rate all over the world, we need to give them a helping hand as well. Head over to this page for some tips on making your garden as bee-friendly as possible.
Trees, hedges and shrubs: much more than beauty
Did you know that trees, hedges and shrubs are excellent at encouraging biodiversity? Not only do they offer shelter and nesting areas for wildlife, but many species also produce flowers, fruits and seeds which benefit wildlife. Large and mature trees are especially great at supporting a diverse range of plants, fungi, lichens, animals and insects.
When planning your garden for the season ahead, spare a thought for your garden’s small inhabitants, and consider how trees, hedges, shrubs and other areas in your garden, can add both beauty and biodiversity to your outdoor space.
One way Husqvarna can help you increase your gardens biodiversity, is Automower® equipped with AIM Technology which enables a highly flexible zone control. This allows you to preserve selected flowerbeds and shrubs so you can ensure the highest standards of biodiversity.
Here’s how our innovations are helping gardens become more biodiverse.
Automower® Pivoting Blades
Husqvarna Automower® pushes the industry standard in smart lawn care thanks to its automatic lift system and folding pivoting blades, which allow you to tend to your lawn with caution.
How your mower can help preserve wildlife
Your hedgehog neighbours love to explore gardens from dusk to dawn. Here’s a simple solution to let them roam free while it’s dark out: head to the Automower® IFTTT page to set up a wildlife adapted cutting schedule in just a couple of minutes.