Once a healthy environment has been established in your garden, it will, over time, begin to live again. This of course takes some patience. One has to expect to wait a couple of years or more although it may have taken no more than a day for a bulldozer to denude your plot of all life. Assuming you have inherited a sterile garden, you at least have a head start. I have heard said that when an environment becomes unbalanced, the frogs are the first to leave and the last to return. This sounds logical as frogs are known to be vulnerable to the slightest negative change in their environment. It took almost ten years in my Highveld garden before I saw a toad!
There are so many variable factors, that each garden requires its own mini set of requirements, but once you have your garden on the road to recovery, you will soon see the stirrings of life. Be ready to be distracted by a wasp collecting mud for her nest, a couple of geckos defending their territory or a wood louse carrying her tiny pink babies on her back.
We can't all get to go on game drives, but keep a small magnifying glass in your pocket when you're in the garden. A whole world of wonder awaits you.