Everyone is looking for easy ways to do their bit for the environment. From creating less waste and using less plastic to using public transport rather than jumping in the car to get to work.
But what if you’re looking for a way to improve the environment right outside your door? Eco gardens are a trend on the rise, with avid gardeners across the globe now doing what they can to increase wildlife activity, diversify the ecosystem in their backyard and increase the space for diminishing species, such as bees.
If you want to do your bit and create your own environmentally friendly haven in your garden then read on. In this blog post we explain what makes a garden eco-friendly and how to create one for yourself.
Eco gardens are growing in popularity with novice and experienced gardeners and professional landscapers alike. With everyone looking for new ways to do their bit to reduce mankind’s carbon footprint and create a natural haven for wildlife, eco gardens are now a popular attraction at the most prestigious gardening events, such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
But what makes a garden ‘eco’? Essentially, it’s any garden which works to practice sustainability which is beneficial to the environment. This can include:
And this is just the start. The limits of eco gardening are endless, and more innovative and imaginative techniques are emerging all the time.
With so many options available in eco gardening, it can be difficult to know where to start. Trying to do too much at once can be overwhelming and reduce the enjoyment you find in gardening.
Taking it one step at a time and always looking for new ways to improve the eco-friendliness of your garden is a more sustainable way to produce a long-term eco garden.
Some of the best ways to start your eco garden venture are:
Of course, any garden requires watering. And if you have a water feature or pond, you’ll find yourself using even more. But water is a valuable commodity in the ecosystem, and one which is vital for animals and plants to survive.
As such, reducing your overall water usage by reusing where possible is a great way to get started in making your garden more eco-friendly.
The best—and easiest—way to do this is with a water butt. These relatively inexpensive pieces of equipment capture water during periods of rainfall. During these times, you may not need to water your garden or top up your pond, however when a dry spell comes along, you’ll be able to use the water that was collected in your butt, rather than taking more from the tap and using more than is necessary with a hose pipe.
Many gardeners like to plant interesting and foreign plants which brighten up their space and catch the admirable eye of onlookers. But planting native plants in your garden is far more beneficial for the environment.
From wildflower areas which attract wildlife such as bees to native hedges and trees which can become the home of songbirds, planting shrubs, flowers and other greenery which originate in your home country will help boost the eco system and prove more sustainable than introducing exotic options.
Planting native will automatically encourage more local wildlife to venture into your garden, but there’s even more than can be done.
From boxes which provide shelter and feeders which offer a natural diet to local birds, rabbits, squirrels and deer to water baths and bowls which provide hydration and cleaning stations for the animals, there’s many ways to encourage animals and make your outdoor space into an eco garden.
Not only is encouraging wildlife into your garden with food and shelter beneficial for the animals which use them, it can also greatly improve your outdoor space. Native animals, such as birds and rabbits, can help with garden maintenance by providing natural pest control for things like slugs.
If you want to take your eco garden one step further, you can even invest in some eco-friendly tools. As opposed to items which are mass produced, made using unsustainable materials or are powered using fossil fuels, you can find tools which have a smaller impact on the environment.
From opting for hand tools manufactured with sustainable materials, such as wood, to plant pots made from sustainable and recycled materials rather than single-use and non-degradable plastics, the choices you make when purchasing your gardening equipment and tools can help you to create an eco garden.
These tips on how to create an eco garden might be simple, but they’re effective. To find out more about environmentally friendly gardening and how you can create your own eco garden with more sustainable equipment, get in touch with Lawnmowers Direct today.