It is often difficult to manage your garden in an eco-friendly manner so we have developed an easy-to-follow guide on how you can have a great garden that does not impact on the environment.
Know your soil: taking a measurement of your soil to determine what type it is clay, chalk, loam or sand. It is also useful to check the pH level of the soil. This will help to determine whether you do need to add any neutralisers before planting.
Taking container of collected green kitchen waste to the compost bin in the garden – © Victoria Firmston/GAP Photos
With regards to fertiliser, if you can develop your own compost heap then do so. Using your own compost will help recycling not only in the home but the garden too. Old teabags, vegetable scraps, paper and more can be used – anything as long as it is natural material. Using your own compost is essential to create a natural and nutrient-rich environment for your garden. Compost improves the texture of your soil, aerates it for greater air and water absorption and It also helps to reduce the pH levels in your soil. Additionally, it reduces pollution. Healthy natural soil is a key factor in maintaining and eco-friendly garden.
Many gardeners do not realise that the tools they use can impact upon the environment and, while it is not always possible or practical to use a push mower for instance you can take small steps to ensure your garden is as eco-friendly as possible.
Stainless steel hand fork and trowel in lawn with morning dew – © Lee Avison/GAP Photos
If you can use hand or electric tools rather than gas powered tools it will be beneficial to your garden. Gas powered products are liable to spillage which can damage grass and plants and also seep down to the lower soil levels.
If you do need to use other fertilisers or pesticides then use organic produce to again reduce the environmental impact of your garden.
Strike a balance between native and non-native plants. Native plants will grow better in your soil and benefit soil nutrient retention which will help to avoid the use of chemical products in your garden.
Potager in summer with raised beds and bench – © GAP Photos
Planting trees is recommended as a way to improve the air quality of the garden but are useful to protect your garden against wind.
Quick tip: determine where the runoff of water is more pronounced and plant native trees and wildflowers there, they will be able to thrive and give a wilder look to that part of the garden.
Gardens are made to be enjoyed and you can still decorate your garden tastefully while still paying attention to the environment. Solar powered lights are a great way to light your garden at night that won’t take up any electricity.
Solar powered lights illuminating border at night – © GAP Photos
It can at first seem daunting to create an eco-friendly garden but these tips should help you on your way to enjoying your own truly green space.
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