Gardens are eco-friendly simply because they’re gardens, right? There is some truth to that, but quite a few mistakes can be made when you’re trying to plant green! And that’s what we’re here to help with – your garden can be the most environmentally conscious in the neighborhood as long as you understand what you’re planting for and why it’s important. Here are some tips to keep in mind for when you next hit the garden center.
A Good Mixture of Plants
The more diversity you have amongst your plants, the better! You need some local, native flowers here and there alongside the show-stopping roses or sunflowers you’re also growing. Make sure you’ve got some leafy bushes down and even cultivate a tree seed or two. Indeed, the more height and variety there is in a garden, the better it grows overall. Above all else, don’t cut the lawn as often as you’d usually do; a bit of overgrown grass goes a long way to encouraging more varied seeds to germinate.
Making Your Own Compost
Composting your food waste goes a long way to make your garden eco-friendly. After all, you’re not buying into the commercialization of simple mulch and you’re making your own – it’s always beneficial when nothing goes to waste! So the next time you peel potatoes and cut the tops off of carrots, save the cuttings and put them in a big box outside. Keep the mixture moist by adding fertilizer every now and then, and even put your old paper and coffee grinds out there as well.
Ready-Made Animal Homes
Having a place that’s warm, enclosed, and safe is the number one priority for any wild creature. And if you want a truly eco-friendly garden, you’re going to need to attract wildlife! So hang up some bird and bat boxes, make bee tubes for lone flyers to make good use of, and cultivate a pond with plenty of overturned boxes and old plant pots for frogs and newts and other small critters. The more biodiversity there is in your garden, the healthier it will grow and the easier it will be for any surrounding greenery to recover.
Good Use of Old Materials
We all have old materials laying around somewhere in the garden. After all, those logs or planks or old furniture can be awkward to try and remove on your own! But you can put these materials to good use once again within your outdoor space; you just need to upcycle them. For example, many garden sheds are actually made out of recycled wood and nails, and your own shed is no different. As long as you’ve got some old garden furniture or planter beds that need chopping up, you can sand down the wood and re-varnish it to form part of your garden storage.
A garden can be eco-friendly in many ways, but if you want to make some dramatic conscious changes to yours, use tips like those above.
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