Rewilding & How You Can Do It

By Madhavi Pothukuchi

11 October, 2022

Rewilding is a conservation activity in which plant and animal species that went extinct are reintroduced into the ecosystem. 

Rewilding helps restore balance in an ecosystem where biodiversity is struggling to survive. 

It involves nature taking care of itself by letting flora and fauna grow uninterrupted to revive its natural balance. 

Rewilding is generally practised in wide, open pieces of land but it can also be done in our very own gardens. 

Here are a few simple steps to rewild your garden: 

Let weeds grow

We generally remove any wild weeds so that the main plants get all the nutrients. But weeds are native plants and have important roles in the ecosystem. 

Let grass grow

Avoid trimming grass in your garden, as insects and wildflowers thrive in the grass, plus you will need less water to manage taller grass. 

Plant native plants: 

Pick diverse plants for your garden and let them grow unbothered. Read up on the different kinds of native plants in your area. 

Grow plants for animals: 

Put plants in your garden that birds and insects love eating. This will encourage wildlife to participate in your small ecosystem. 

Say no to fertilizers:

This is an essential step. Eliminate artificial resources for soil and opt for natural compost and worms to help your plants grow.

Patience is key: 

Remember, nature works at its own, slow pace. So, let nature do its job, and soon you’ll have a thriving ecosystem in your garden! 

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