Making your garden green isn’t about making your lawn look lovely or your rose bush stunning. It’s about enjoying and nurturing your garden whilst maintaining sustainability and reducing your impact on the environment.
And yes, the small work you do in your back yard haven will have a big impact. Not just on the future of our planet, but right now on the air, water and food around you.
So what can you do to make your garden a more environmentally friendly place?
Cut out pesticides and fertilisers
The majority of the bugs in your garden are doing it good. But there are those pesky few who are damaging all your hard work. And you want them gone, right?
Don’t try killing them off with pesticides! Because that’s going to harm all the good bugs too. If you must use a pesticide then make sure it’s natural.
Store-bought fertilisers can help your garden grow. But they’re probably packed with harmful chemicals too. Help it naturally with composting.
Ease up on water usage
It’s said that the world will start to suffer issues with water shortages in the next two decades. Two decades. So it’s important that we can justify every time we use it.
Yes, your garden needs water to live and flourish. But do you need to use as much as you are?
Mulch and compost are effective at trapping water in, and help the soil absorb it slowly over time. You could also consider switching from turf to artificial grass. It requires next to no maintenance, and means your grass will look great all year round.
Plus, no watering required.
Purchase native plants
One of the most effective ways to maintain a ‘green’ garden is to use only native plants. These are comfortable in the local climate without too much care, and are well suited to the weather changes.
They’re naturally resistant to predators and pests, and they’ll thrive in your garden.
Grow your own food
The fruit and veg that’s filling your cupboards and bowls is probably store bought. And store bought produce has travelled a long way to reach your table. And that long distance travel isn’t good for the environment.
So where you can, why not grow your own goods? It’s a great fun, and it means you’re putting food on your table, for less!