Wondering How To Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly? Here Are Our Tips
5th April 2022
With an ever-growing focus on sustainability, everybody is looking to do their part to help our environment. Switching to reusables, ditching single-use plastics, walking over driving and turning the lights off as and when you can are all great solutions but have you yet taken a look at what you could be doing in the garden? Here are some of our tips to make your garden eco-friendly.
Choosing the right garden furniture can be a big job and with so much on the market you can feel slightly overwhelmed but if you want to be more eco-friendly stop looking at the latest trends and look at the important factors. You will want furniture that will last, furniture that has been sourced responsibly, furniture that looks right in your style of garden and possibly furniture that is affordable. Your best choices in shopping sustainably are to go to a sustainable furniture store or purchase secondhand. When looking for new items you will want to check where they are made (if you can get items made in your own country this is far better for the climate) and you want to look for wood with the FSC logo which proves that it is apart of a sustainable system. If you go secondhand, you have the option to shop around on selling sites, in charity shops, on pre-loved apps or on local Facebook pages. The great thing about choosing secondhand is that you can always upcycle the furniture and make it your own.
Choose an Eco Pod
If you are looking to add a garden room to your outdoor space then always look to a company that can assure you that their pods are eco-friendly. Using FSC certified wood, high-quality insulation to keep the room warm and prevent any heat loss, double glazing to prevent drafts and overall energy efficiency guaranteed are all key factors when looking for the company to work with. You may also want to look into green roof options, solar panels, rainwater collection for use in the toilet and sustainably sourced flooring, paint and furniture.
Reduce Hard Landscaping
The removal of green spaces and the addition of hard landscaping has a direct impact on our environment in several ways. Firstly, by taking away plants, grass, bushes, trees etc. you are removing food, shelter and homes to wildlife and secondly, hard landscaping is a contributing factor to flood issues. Trees, soil and plants are vital in the balance of nature and when these are taken away, water doesn’t have anywhere to drain which means it sits on the top of concrete/paving/slabs instead of being absorbed. The more greenery you can keep and add to your garden the better it is for our environment.
Mow Less Often
By mowing less, you will be allowing flowering weeds to flourish and provide nectar and pollen to those all-important insects. Dandelions may seem like a right pain in the grass but they are rich in nectar and a valuable source of food for bees. By leaving these to grow for a little longer, you will be helping this little ecosystem enormously.
Create a Wildflower Meadow
Creating a wildflower meadow or even just allowing these to grow in a small area of your garden will have a really positive impact. There are a wide variety of seed bombs, seed balls and loose seeds that can be simply thrown onto your chosen section and that will grow of their own accord with no intervention. You will quickly have wonderful wildflowers growing and bees buzzing all around them.
Build a Bug House
Providing a place for bugs to live in your garden is such an easy way of helping our environment as well as the health of your plants, flowers etc in your outdoor space. Bugs are often seen as pests but they all play important roles and having them in our gardens is natural and needed. You can easily build a bug house out of old plant pots, using cut off wood/flooring and adding in sticks, stones, leaves, anything they can hide under and live within.
Feed The Birds
During the winter months, birds can find it difficult to find enough food. In the Spring they work twice as hard because they are busy feeding their young and then in Autumn they use up more energy as they moult. By leaving out seed, scraps and making a variety bird feeders, you will be helping certain breeds such as thrushes, starlings and sparrows to thrive. In the drier months don’t forget to leave out some water so they don’t dehydrate.
By simply adding a water butt to your garden so that you can collect rainwater and use rainwater rather than a hose will help to save you water plus money.
An easy way to make your life a little more eco-friendly is by reducing the energy your home produces. We are all very aware that we should be switching off lights inside the house but how do you power light to your garden in an eco-friendly way? The eco way would be by solar power. Not only are these lights easy to buy both online and on the high street, but they are also available in a wide variety of styles and sizes and are the best option for providing eco-friendly light to your garden.
Grow Your Own
Growing your own fruit and veg is a great way of living a greener life. Not only will you be able to enjoy being outside in your garden more, but you will also reduce your supermarket costs as well as your plastic not to mention the carbon footprint created by the importation/shipping plus delivery of the foods to the shops.
What have you done to make your garden more eco-friendly?