You might be wondering: Why do I need an environmentally friendly garden? Well, creating and maintaining an eco-friendly garden is an excellent way to reduce carbon footprint and the damage caused by modern living. Even the smallest of changes can make a marked difference to the health of the planet.
That being said, here are a few relatively simple solutions to make your garden more eco-friendly.
Start by Creating a Compost Heap
Kitchen and recycled garden waste are perfect for creating a compost pile. Also known as the ‘gardener’s gold’, compost enhances soil fertility by providing plant-loving nutrients. Apart from encouraging healthy root development, adding rich and healthy compost to your garden also improves soil aeration, texture as well as water retention. So, why waste your money on commercial products when you can create the real deal for free?
Simply start a pile in a sunny area of your yard. Over time, nature will have created rich ready to use compost for your garden. You will not only have saved money but helped the environment as well.
Use Organic, Eco-friendly Pest Control
There are numerous ways of handling pests in the yard without resulting to harmful chemicals. Most of the commercial pest control products are detrimental to other animals and plants.
An excellent solution is to use nature to fight the unwanted pests. Use plants that attract birds and insects like ladybirds. Both of these will help see the pests off.
Install Solar Lighting
Powering your garden technology using solar power is not as expensive as you may think. Of course, the first use of solar energy that comes to mind is for lighting. What could be prettier than looking at a garden lit by an energy that’s free and doesn’t do damage to the environment?
Solar powered lights are cheap, simple to install and look great paired with a decorative screen. They also have enough power to illuminate plants and pathways.
Grow Your Own Food
The five a day of fruit and vegetable rule is not hard to follow, but it can quickly become expensive to purchase volumes of fresh fruit and vegetables which can be easily grown at home.
You do not need a lot of land to grow your own vegetables. You can even purchase simple hanging baskets or growbags if space is an issue. Also, fruits and vegetables that you grow on your own tend to taste better and have no harmful fertilisers or pesticides added to them that harm your body and the environment.
Also, you can rest assured that the healthy food you are providing for you and your loved ones has not travelled from great distances, further damaging the environment.
Getting a rain barrel is a cheap and effortless way to collect chlorine-free water for watering your garden, lawns as well as rinsing windows and cleaning cars. By harvesting rainwater, you will not only notice a reduction in water bills, but also a decrease in stormwater runoff. This helps reduce flooding and soil erosion which is making the environment better.