There are so many ways to make your garden more eco-friendly. Often we spend so much time worrying about how much electricity we’re using, fuel emissions and recycling without thinking about the small steps we could take in our garden to help protect the environment.
Grow your own produce
Use your garden to grow some of your own fruit and vegetables. This is so easy to do and is much better nutritionally for you and your family too. By making some beds and growing your own organic fruit and veg you know exactly where your food has come from and it’s really good for your soil. Start with something easy to grow such as rhubarb then work your way up to bigger things like carrots and green beans.
Eco solutions to prevent weeds
Some weeds can completely destroy the rest of the plants in your garden making it much less eco-friendly. If your garden becomes infested by a particularly nasty weed, like Japanese Knotweed, which grows at an alarmingly quick rate. It can be killed with chemicals but that can take up to five years. The best way to get of weeds is to use the services of a landscaping company who can come and survey your garden and use eco solutions to get rid of them disposing of the material at a licenced waste facility.
Make your garden as appealing as possible to wildlife. By planting bright, colourful plants and flowers you’ll attract lots of insects which will feed on some pests that can be harmful to your other plants. Hanging birdfeeders from the trees will also help to ensure you don’t have problems with slugs and snails.
Compost and re-cycle all you can
If you reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill you’re instantly helping the environment. Try and compost as much garden waste as possible and always put all eco waste in the green recycling bin. Most garden waste and a surprising amount of household items can be made into compost, things like tea bags, grass cuttings and newspapers.
By collecting rain water in buckets you’ll be able to use all the water you’ve collected to water your plants. In the UK where we have a lot of rain, there will be more than enough water left to feed your plants. A good tip is to always water your plants on an evening rather than on a morning as that way it will evaporate less.