Every day there is more and more emphasis being placed on ‘going green’ and conservation. Homeowners across the UK are trying to conserve energy whilst finding alternatives to unhealthy chemicals that are not only harmful to the environment but wreaking havoc with our bodies as well. This year, focus on your garden. Here are a few tips to help you turn your garden into an amazing eco-friendly sanctuary – a place where you can go to get away from the everyday stresses you endure.
Don’t Choose Just Any Garden Building
Since you will be spending time in your own personal garden sanctuary, it is important that you find a garden building that ‘feels’ right. Some ideas can be found on the Garden Spaces website and you’ll surely want to take advantage of solar panels for powering your building. Not only will you save money on electricity, but you won’t be using energy manufactured from fossil fuels. Many times there is enough electricity saved up that you can use some in your home or feed it back into the grid for a bit of extra income. Remember, conservation begins at home and this is one great place to begin.
Instead of buying high price fertilisers, have you thought of starting a compost pile in some far corner of your garden? Not only will you be reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfills, but you will also be nourishing your plants (flowers, fruits and vegetables) with organic compounds that have no chemical additives. Of course, you will need to use organic foods to accomplish this, but if you’ve grown them yourself, this is not a problem.
One thing you should bear in mind is that all those bugs you want gone are often the very ones keeping the ground aeriated so that the roots get oxygen necessary for growth. If you find there are species eating away at your plants, don’t go out to the local shops to buy chemical pesticides. There are a number of natural alternatives that you can use that are safer for you and infinitely safer for Mother Earth. Many organic gardeners have begun using ‘friendly’ insects to eradicate those that harm their gardens. Lady bugs, for example, are known to destroy mites that literally suck the life out of your greens.
A Few Finishing Touches
When you have done everything you can to ensure the organic and natural elements of your garden, it will be an absolute pleasure to sit back and relax on those days when life has brought too many pressures. This can be your own private sanctuary where you can enjoy nature at its finest. Add a few finishing touches such as a gentle cascading rock waterfalls or maybe even add a spa with relaxing jets to soothe your frayed nerves. Light up paths with LED lights that conserve energy and perhaps pipe in a bit of mellow music.
You can make whatever you want out of your garden because it is your special place. Just remember, conservation begins at home so keep it natural!