Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, it is essential that you look for ways to minimize the effect you have on the planet and look for ways to create an eco-friendly outdoor space. Your choices will ultimately impact the planet, but it is up to you whether this is in a positive way or a harmful way. Here, we share some tips on creating your own eco-friendly garden.
Try to Conserve Water
Wetar is not an inexhaustible resource, and conserving water is a necessity when creating an eco-friendly garden. Try to only water your garden with either a soaker hose or a drip line and avoid sprinklers that use a considerable amount of water. You can also harvest rainwater using slimline water tanks. This water can be then used to water your lawn, plants, and even things like your car. You may also want to consider reducing the size of a large lawn, which will require a lot of water to remain healthy.
Make Your Own Natural Compost Heap
Instead of putting your food waste and scraps in the bin, use them to make your own compost heap. This replaces the need to buy soil and fertilizer for your garden from the store. All you need is a compost bin, to which you can add your food scraps and other organic materials that can decompose. This adds some much-needed nutrients to the soil and reduces the amount of waste from going to landfill. You can put things like fruit, vegetables, lawn cuttings, eggshells, coffee grounds, dead leaves, and shredded paper. However, it is crucial to not add any meat or dairy products to the compost heap. Kee is moist by adding water and aerate the pile regularly by turning it with a pitchfork.
Use Solar Power
Opt for solar power rather than electricity to power ponds and water features in your garden. This means that as well as adding an attractive decorative element to your garden, you are helping to reduce your electricity bill and help you to do your bit for the planet.
Add Native Plants & Flowers
Exotic plants and flowers may look beautiful in your garden, but they often require a lot more in terms of water, fertilizer, and maintenance as they are not designed to be in your climate. Native species will naturally thrive in your outdoor space as they have already adapted to your environment and growing requirements so that they will need less care and resources.
Plant Trees in the Outdoors
By planting trees in your garden, you are helping to improve the environment air quality by introducing more oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide, as well as providing a habitat for wildlife.
Use Natural Herbicides to Effectively Kill Weeds
If your garden has weeds, you may well be tempted to pick up a bottle of shop-bought weed killer to get rid of them, but as well as destroying the weeds, they can also ruin the soil and, in turn, the planet. Instead, use a natural solution to kill unwanted weeds in your garden. For instance, concentrated acetic acid can kill 20% of weeds. Clove oil can also effectively burn weeds, while corn gluten can stop weeds from emerging in your garden.