The sight of lush verdant lawns and happily growing vegetables and plant life is a lovely sight for anyone. This compelling experience can be made even brighter by creating an eco-friendly garden.
The Benefits of an Eco-friendly Garden
Sustainable living has never been more important. A vibrant and well-managed eco-friendly garden offers many benefits. These include a cost-effective way to reduce water consumption and waste.
A well-maintained garden improves the natural habitat for wildlife. It makes the environment healthier locally and is an important part in reducing harm to the environment across the world. Using environmentally sound construction materials for any outbuildings or construction also offers a considered way to add to your garden space.
How to Make Your Garden Eco-friendly?
Eco-friendly gardening is any form of gardening activity that does not harm the environment. By paying particular attention to the following five essentials, you can ensure your garden is fully sustainable.
Composting is a must for all sustainable gardens. The soil of healthy gardens relies on the addition of organic matter in the form of compost or mulch.
Laying down the compost on the garden bed before planting is a vital stage in any eco-garden. How you get your compost is another important consideration.
The best way is to produce your own by keeping used fruit, vegetables and weed cuttings in a compost bin until it decomposes. This reduces the need to shop for wholesale compost, thereby minimizing energy and travel costs.
Plants are the lifeblood of the garden, and they need to be bedded down properly. Always make sure that the plants you select are appropriate for the setting. Take care of where they are in terms of light and shade and how much sun exposure they need.
Above all else, never select invasive plants, as they disturb the natural spaces of nearby land and upset the balance of native plants.
Water waste can be reduced by setting up a rain barrel to catch water dripping from the roof. This self-sufficient option can be used to water plant beds and lawns without having to go to the sprinkler or tap.
A classic watering can is the best option for when you do need to fill up on water. If a hose is needed, water consumption can be reduced with an on/off trigger.
Active wildlife in the garden is another sign of a healthy environment. Birds help to control bugs and pests without resorting to pesticides.
Try putting up birdfeeders filled with nuts and grain near shaded areas. Soon local feathered friends will flock to the space and add color to the garden.
Hedgehogs helpfully love to dine on slugs. They can be tempted into the garden with plenty of covered leafy woodland spaces, as they need to be safe from predators.
If you want to attract bees, make sure the garden has a continuous supply of pollen-rich flowers throughout the year. Also, try to grow plenty of single flowers that are easier for bees to access.
A good sign of an eco-friendly garden is that it is low maintenance by its very nature. Organic shrubbery and a freer form of plant growth is actively encouraged and shows that the garden is healthy.
However, if parts of the garden need to be cut back from time to time, it should always be done with hand-tools or low powered electrics.
By stepping back a little from the formal standards of an extensively manicured garden, you will realize the considerable benefits. A garden in harmony with nature is better for you and the planet.