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How to run an environmentally friendly garden

Nowadays, the environment is on everyone’s mind, and rightly so. With a combination of ethically sourced materials and innovative technology, your garden or green space can contribute to protecting our natural world. Here are some of our ideas to help you create your ideal garden in the most environmentally friendly way possible. 

 

  • Recycle & reuse materials – Using recycled materials is the perfect way to go green. Not only does it allow you to express some creativity, but it will also provide you with a great sense of achievement having repurposed items that may otherwise have been thrown away. Why not turn a milk carton into a hand shovel, or use an old tyre as a planter. Recycling and reusing materials gives a second life to many items and will help prevent excess waste in landfills.
  • Use peat free compost – Opting for peat free compost offers the environment a vast range of benefits, from climate change and habitat protection to water management. Peat is an extremely scarce natural material and with amateur gardeners consuming around 70% of peat in the UK, this material is being removed at a far greater rate than it can naturally be replaced causing vast environmental destruction. Therefore, using a peat-free compost will lead to greater climate protection.
  • Conserve water – There’s only so much water we have on the earth so it’s essential we use it considerately. Collecting rainwater and using it to feed our plants (at the roots, don’t waste by pouring it over the leaves!) is an easy way to utilise our water wisely. It’s also important we don’t overwater. Some plants don’t actually need watered every day. If you have high soil quality assisted with the use of organic compost its structure will be improved and thus will be able to retain more moisture.
  • Choose local eco materials – There are times when recycling and reusing materials just isn’t possible, so when we can’t do this it’s important that we source green alternatives that have been made locally. Not only will this help reduce your carbon footprint having travelled fewer airmiles, but it will provide greater economic benefits yet smaller environmental impacts.
  • Increase wildlife and biodiversity – Encouraging wildlife and greater biodiversity in your garden doesn’t just provide a space that’s pretty to look at but it’s useful for pest control, your garden’s production, and can help ensure survival of many diverse birds and bugs native to the UK and Ireland. Attracting birds can help with caterpillar control, hedgehogs can assist with slug removal, and planting bright coloured flowers will attract bees who can then help with pollination.
  • Cut back on chemicals – There are plenty of natural alternatives we can use to help combat the pests in our garden such as encouraging garden friendly wildlife like birds, ladybirds, and beetles, using crop rotation helping reduce pest infestations and companion planting where plants produce a natural insect repellent particularly beneficial when planted next to other plants. Reducing chemicals will result in improved soil quality as there will be less soil erosion and decreased water and air pollution proving harmful to both human, plant and animal life.

If you’re like us and are concerned about the environment, following even just a few of the above will help you on your way to creating an eco-friendly garden. Making small initial steps will help you achieve beneficial green goals that will prove valuable both domestically and globally.          

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