5 Ways to Make Your Garden More Eco-Friendly
There are hundreds of blogs and articles about how to make your home greener and more eco-friendly. In fact, we even have a few on this blog!
There’s a good reason for that, too; reducing your carbon footprint and being a bit more of an eco-warrior when it comes to your home is critically important if we’re going to keep this planet looking nice and being safe or for our kids to grow up in.
There’s one palace that doesn’t get much attention from the eco-warriors, though, and that’s the garden!
Green Garden Dreams
A garden is a place where many budding gardeners fall down without even realizing it.
A little mixed trash bin here, a plastic pot there, and let’s not even talk about the damage weed killers are causing to the environment!
In truth, we can all do our bit, and here are five ways you can go green in your garden and watch both your garden and the environment flourish before your very eyes.
Starting a compost heap is easy! A simple DIY compost bin can be made from pallets, with three pallets making the box shape but giving the entire heap plenty of air which it needs.
It is worth noting, however, that compost heaps can attract rodents. So keep your heap away from your home, and if in doubt, ring a reputable pest control company with 10+ years experience who will be able to give you some tips and advice for keeping your garden as pest-free as possible.
Install Solar Lights
Those huge great security lights that you’ve got are wasting electricity, and the motion sensor is too delicate, blinding anyone and anything in its way.
Floodlights like that are important because they can be way too bright; switch it out for solar light and reduce your reliance on electricity!
Solar floodlights can be bought at most garden centers, and they are a great alternative to the traditional ones.
Get a Greenhouse
Get a greenhouse! Or, more specifically, start growing things in your greenhouse!
Greenhouses are great places for all kinds of plants and pots to start their days, and getting a greenhouse in your garden will also add to your green eco-points!
A traditional glasshouse is best, but if you’re low on funds, then a polyurethane greenhouse in a sunny spot will do the trick.
Invest in Rainwater Collection
There are two main reasons to collect rainwater from your property: firstly, the water can be used in a time of emergency (as long as you have the correct filtration) and secondly, collecting rainwater will save your legs and back by walking around with a hosepipe!
If you are planning to drink your collected rainwater at any time, you will need to sterilize the water, either with a UV light or pushing it through a filter such as the Sawyer Mini or the Berkey water filter.
Ditch the Peat Compost
Lastly, don’t use compost that contains peat.
It’s good for the environment, but its removal is destroying the natural habitats of animal species to get to it.