Making your garden, a more eco-friendly environment brings a lot of benefits. Not only will you cut down on wasting resources and use of chemicals, but you will also attract more wildlife. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either. Let’s take a look at some of the things that anybody can do to improve their garden’s green credentials.
Know your allies
The first thing you need to know about having a greener garden is that there is plenty of help out there for you. Insects like ladybirds, hoverflies and beetles are all crucial to your garden because they eat the nastier bugs, such as aphids and blackfly. If you can attract more of the ‘good’ insects, you will find little need for pesticides or chemicals. Knowing your allies and learning about your garden is the best way of going green. Head over to Rodale’s website to find out more.
Plant Indigenous Species
You should also find out more about the plants and flowers that are indigenous to your area. Ask the typical person what flora and fauna grow where they live, and you can almost guarantee they won’t know. There are two significant advantages to growing native plants. Firstly, they are in their natural environment, so will grow well. Secondly, you won’t be leaving a large carbon footprint by having foreign plants transported to your home.
Water barrels collect rainwater, so the more you have in your garden, the better. The water from your tap is expensive, and all the plants and garden life that you grow aren’t too bothered with purity. Collecting all that rain water is a cheap and efficient way of giving them a drink when they need it, and helping them get through dry periods.
You can never be too sure about where the wood used to make your brand new fence has come from. To save you worrying about buying from unsustainable sources, why not plant natural borders instead? You can buy trees for privacy very easily, and they are an excellent natural alternative to wood or metal fencing. Of course, it goes without saying that you should make sure that you are buying from a sustainable source.
Build A Pond
Ponds are fantastic for encouraging wildlife into your garden. Even the smallest natural pond can see you boost the amount of beneficial insects and amphibian life that take up residence. The kids love them, too, and will be happy to get involved with the project. Head over to our guide on how to build a garden pond. It shouldn’t take you much longer than a single weekend!
Make Your Own Compost
A green garden needs good compost, but there’s no need to buy it. Why not make some yourself? Not only will it give your soil and plants a serious nutritional kick, but you will also be reducing the amount of waste your household throws away. It’s a win-win! Head over to Treehugger.com to find some of the best composters you can buy.
Do you have any tips on making your garden a greener, cleaner place? We would love to hear about them, so please, let us know!
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