Gardens are wonderful places to spend a summers day and yet surprisingly many features in a garden are not as green as they could be.
In this article I’d like to examine just a few things for you to consider which may help you to make your garden just that little bit more eco friendly.
First off, as habitat loss increases, private gardens are increasingly becoming an important site for wildlife. The eco friendly gardener will do what they can to encourage wildlife and there are a huge number of ways you can do this. From building a pond to eliminating your use of nasty chemicals in the garden will all help wildlife to survive and thrive in your little bit of paradise.
Placing mulch onto your soil in the form of grass clippings, chopped bark and so on will all help to reduce water loss from your soil and also help to reduce the number of weeds which grow in your garden.
As a side note, remember that a weed is simply a plant in the wrong place. The real eco friendly gardeners will try to leave an area of their garden “fallow” so that wild plants that are blown in on the wind have a place to grow, thus further supporting local wildlife.
Try to avoid nasty chemicals wherever possible. Manual weeding can be time-intensive but very rewarding and if you plant carefully you should be able to avoid the need for pesticides and herbicides. For example, if you plant densely-growing plants close together, there often isn’t enough light for weeds to germinate, and if they do succeed they may not even be seen under the carpet of flowers you have sown.
All gardens create waste in the form of cuttings, grass clippings, fallen leaves and so on so rather than sending these to landfill, why not take the time to build a small compost bin where you can turn your garden rubbish into rich, sweetly-scented compost which you can use to enrich your soil.
Water only in the cooler hours of the morning or evening to minimize evaporation and try to use a watering can that allows you to direct the water straight to the roots of the plant. Even better, try introducing an irrigation system. These rubber hoses can be sunk into the ground where they will provide water for your plants in just the right dose and exactly where it is needed.
Drought Tolerant Plants
The more drought tolerant a plant is, the less water it will require so take some time to ask at your local nursery about plants that virtually look after themselves and require minimal, or no, watering.
Lastly consider growing flowering plants which are rich in nectar and so will help to provide food for the variety of insects which find their way into our gardens. This is especially important right now because of the problems that bees are having and so anything we can do to help has got to be a good thing.