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If you are like many of us these days, making changes to be eco-friendlier is at front of mind – from grocery shopping to food waste, gift giving to clothing purchases, and everything in between.
But how do you take this new found enthusiasm for being green from the home to your garden?
Eco-friendly gardens were once thought of as wild spaces left to be their own natural eco system, however even the most manicured garden can be eco-friendly thanks to ethically sourced materials, eco practises, and new technology.
Use Recycled Materials
Whether you are building a new pathway, garden bed wall or decking, take the time to source building materials made from recycled materials. There is a range of new products, timbers, and outdoor tiles made from recycled plastics which look amazing and are designed to last! You can also spend a little extra time to source materials that have been thrown out by someone else, but would come together to make a stunning feature for your home. Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace and your local tip shop are the best places to start.
Choose Eco Materials
When you can’t recycle look for materials made in a sustainable or eco-friendly manner. Some timbers are sourced from ethical, local growers and as we mentioned above – there are many new ‘green’ products hitting the market such as pavers, tiles, and decking.
Design a Garden That Saves Water
Choose plants which require little watering, or are drought tolerant. Also look at ways to capture and conserve water through downpipes, water tanks and well-placed green tubs. This water can then be used to service your veggie garden or flower beds.
Avoid Chemicals and Pesticides
Recent studies have shown just how damaging chemicals and pesticides can be to our waterways, environment, and to our health. There are many natural products and methods to deal with pests, weeds and plant growth and an abundance of advice online.
Improve Your Soil
Start composting your kitchen and food scraps and you have fertiliser and plant food ‘on tap’ whenever you need it. Composting is also incredibly effective at minimising your personal environmental footprint as food waste contributes a huge percentage of landfill.
Go Back to Basics
Sometimes the best way to minimise your footprint and create an eco garden is to go back to the old way of doing things – such as a reel mower, organic seeds, planting to attract wildlife, and starting a herb or vegetable garden to really make use of your green space.