Making efforts to be greener in everyday life is something we all need to conscious of. Being green in the garden is an easy way to start reducing our carbon footprint and help create a healthier environment for all in the garden.
Have a look at these ways you can do your part to be green at home.
By recycling the garden waste that you create, such as lawn trimmings and fallen leaves, you will create less material that will go to the landfill as a result. Instead, you will provide extra organic material and nutrients that will help to enrich your garden. Using a compost bin to store and dispose of excess garden waste, will both improve the look of your garden and reduce waste going to the landfill – you’ll also have a valuable resource you can use further down the line!
Give the Hayter Osprey 46 a try – its Recycling function enables you switch from bagging your grass clippings to mulching and recycling them, by depositing the clippings back onto the lawn, working as your very own compost.
We must all be smarter when it comes to our water usage, however the garden is a place where water can be wasted easily. By adding mulch from your compost bin to your flowerbeds and around the base of shrubs and trees will help the soil retain moisture and prevent watering when its not needed. Making sure you water your garden plants at the correct time is also crucial in being sure to not waste water. Only water when the soil is dry about a spade-deep down, avoid watering when the sun is bright – opt for morning or evening watering when the temperature is cooler. Collecting rainwater in a water butt to use on your plants will also save using any water from the hose or tap.
Chemicals in the garden
Cutting out the use of pesticides is a great way to start caring for your garden more, especially in the long run. The use of pesticides in the garden to ward off weeds has led to a dramatic decline in insect populations, so cutting them out will begin to positively affect both animals and insects that feed on the various plants. Instead, try using more natural methods of pest control. Rather than using weed killer, why not try the good old-fashioned method of pulling them out yourself? It is definitely greener and will give you some great exercise! To keep unwanted pests away, you can also try crushing eggshells and sprinkling them on top of the soil. Slugs and other insects will be put off by the crunch of the shells when they crawl over the sharp edges and will instead, look for softer ground elsewhere.
The choice of plants in your garden can have more of an impact on the sustainability of your garden, than you might think. Try picking plants that are native to your area and will thrive in the conditions of your climate and the weather conditions in your area. If you live in a high rainfall area for example, tall perennials would be the better choice. Basing your plant choice on your region will reduce the amount of wasted plants you go through, as they will be much more likely to survive longer term.
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