28 April 2023
During the warmer months, there’s only one part of your home where you want to spend your time – your garden. As a great place to relax and unwind, or host friends and family, you want to be sure that this is a special place. However, with many of us being environmentally conscious, it may be important for you to ensure your approach to gardening is eco-friendly.
There are ways to keep on top of your garden that aren’t harmful to the environment. In fact, these techniques will not only support the environment, but will also improve the health of your garden, and preserve it for years to come.
Wildlife should have the freedom to roam your gardens with no fear of danger. The whole premise of adopting an environmentally friendly approach is to protect your surroundings for everyone to use – and that includes animals too. Build some habitats to invite wildlife into your garden, such as bird boxes, hedgehog houses and anywhere you can make all bugs and insects a place they can call home. Encouraging insects to your garden is also a great way to help them pollinate and bloom beautifully.
Following on from introducing habitats into your garden, another great way to welcome wildlife is to have compost heaps. A simple and inexpensive method of treating the environment better, all you need is a simple compost bin with spadefuls of soil in it.
When you’ve taken the time to plant seeds in your garden, there’s a true sense of pride that comes from it as you look upon your plants as they’ve grown. Dig a little deeper and research into which native plants you should include in your garden. Some of the most popular plants native to the UK are primrose, bluebells, and roses, but it’s worth finding which ones you like the best with your current landscape plan. But you don’t just have to grow plants in your garden. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a very effective method of reducing your impact on the environment.
Of course, you should welcome the wildlife that enters your garden, but be wary of the risks they could pose for your growing plants. Our advice is to plant them in combinations, so that they can deter any threats like insects or diseases with more resilience. This technique is especially useful when growing fruits and vegetables. You don’t want to be wasting food when you’re trying to do the opposite!
If you’re looking for new ways to furnish your garden, don’t head straight to the retail stores. Search in the right places and you’ll find furniture that is not only easy on the back pocket but the environment as well. Online marketplaces are full of people selling old pieces that have plenty of life left in them. Upcycling items is a great way to ensure items don’t end up on landfill, whilst also introducing some new and colourful items into your garden. If you’re feeling creative, you could also build your own items using unused wood and timber.
As we’re all aware, the UK’s weather can be incredibly unpredictable. One day we go through a national heatwave, the next, heavy downpour. It’s always handy to have a spare water reserve to help your garden grow, and you can have one of your own by introducing a water butt. Designed to collect rainwater, water butts are a fantastic, eco-friendly way of keeping your garden healthy.
A regularly maintained garden doesn’t mean that it looks neat and tidy all the time. It should encourage natural health. Weedkillers and fertilisers that are used in modern gardening are, unfortunately, not as good for the environment as we think. Do some research into gentler fertilizers (especially if you have pets) and wherever possible, embrace letting everything grow and encourage wild insects to come and visit.
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