It works particularly well left at the back of your plot, underneath a hedge or tucked round behind the garage. Add in a few leaves, stacked logs, or terracotta pots on their side.
Ladybirds will eat around 5,000 aphids in their lifetime so are marvellous to have in the garden.
I pick up a few pinecones on a woodland walk—ones that have opened work best—and then stuff them into netted fruit bags from the shopping.
Simply leave them in sheltered parts of the garden to help the ladybirds to help you.
Be careful not to leave them too low or ground-based critters, like hedgehogs, might get caught up in them.
But it just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot to support the natural habitat for some many garden-friendly hibernators this winter.