Environmentally Friendly Hacks For Your Garden

Environmentally Friendly Hacks For Your Garden

Having a beautiful home and garden is on the wish list for many people, but boy do they take a lot of work to keep them looking fantastic. If you’re conscious of the sustainability and environmental impact of your overall lifestyle, then your garden can be a place where you can make a lot of difference. 

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Reduce water use

During the summer months, it can take a lot of water to keep your lawns and plants happy and healthy. Not only can continue to water your garden run up your water bills, but you’re also using water that may be in short supply. Many areas have been known to introduce hosepipe bans during very hot periods in order to preserve the freshwater supply for drinking. 

So what can you do? Well, there are a number of options that can cut your water usage right down. These include installing a specialist system to collect rainwater from the guttering of your property. This is then stored in a barrel or slimline tanks and you can use it when you need to water your plants. 

Another way to make the most of the moisture in your soil is to use bark chippings around the base of plants that retain the moisture for longer, meaning that you’ll need to water them less frequently. 

Plant wildlife-friendly flowers

Many parts of the world are experiencing a drastic reduction in the number of bees, birds, insects and owls. It’s affecting the ecosystem badly. You can do your bit to help by planting wildflowers and insect friendly flowers in your garden, even if it’s only a corner. It gives them food and a welcoming habitat in which to thrive. 

Composting 

Did you know that up to 40% of household waste is suitable for composting? Food, plants and even paper products can be broken down into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that you can use in your garden to grow plants and improve the soil. It’s also a great food source for worms and other creepy crawlies. 

As well as reducing the amount of rubbish you’re putting into landfills, it will also save you money on buying plant feed and expensive fertilizer. 

Use environmentally friendly products 

A lot of the chemicals we use for our gardens are filled with chemicals which are harmful to the environment, animals and humans. We typically use these for weed killing keeping insects and pests away from plants. Rather than have these, chemicals in your garden use environmentally friendly alternatives. For example, instead of spraying greenflies, catch some ladybirds and let them keep the green fly at bay as they naturally feed on them. Copper tapes around planters can deter slugs from eating your plants and vegetables. 

Final thoughts 

There are many things that you can do to make your garden more sustainable and environmentally friendly. They usually don’t cost a lot and can even save you money over time. You can then enjoy your beautiful garden safe in the knowledge that you’re doing some good. 

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