To be environmentally conscious has always been important to people, especially now when we witness the effects of global warming every day. People have started changing their habits; there are more hybrid cars; there is a noticeable effort to use less plastic bags and more solar power; and what is more, there is a great improvement in environmentally friendly architecture. If you’re looking to be more eco-friendly in your garden, we give you five useful tips to help you put your plans into action.
Install bird feeders
If you grow delicate flowers or herbs in your garden, you must be concerned about pests such as snails, grubs, slugs, and caterpillars, which are common in every garden and can destroy your plants in an instant. Instead of using chemicals to get rid of them, you can use birds as great natural protectors instead. By installing bird feeders and perhaps even nesting boxes for a variety of birds, you will encourage them to come and stay in your garden or close by. Using birds in this way will ensure that you have less pests, and you will not have to use synthetic insecticides and fungicides, which are not only dangerous for you, but at the same time toxic to the environment.
Use eco-friendly door mats
Door mats may not seem like a thing to worry about, but if you come to think about it, you will notice that they are usually made of plastic or rubber, and therefore not necessarily ‘green’. Instead of using traditional plastic ones, you can opt for eco-friendly door mats made of coconut fibers or durable PET yarn. If you want the best, you should make sure that they are made of natural or completely recycled materials, but also that they are aesthetically pleasing.
Make a compost bin
Compost is wonderful: it is a mild, natural fertilizer for our garden which will be gentle to plants, unlike chemical ones, which can burn them. By using compost in your garden, you will ensure that the soil retains and drains water much better than before, and you will also improve its overall texture. You can easily make your own compost bin, which will also help you reduce the amount of waste your household is making on a daily basis. This is where you should throw your veggie and fruit scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters, dry leaves, paper towels, and paper tubes. Don’t throw meat, dairy products, or your pet’s waste since these will attract the ‘wrong’ kind of worms and insects.
Instead of using tap water for your garden, why not opt for chlorine-free water? Collecting rainwater in barrels is an easy and inexpensive way to get a supply you can use for watering your lawn and garden. What is more, you can use it to wash your car or rinse your windows, too. This way, you’ll be able to save water in your household, save some money on monthly water bills, and you’ll also provide your plants with clean, fresh water, which will allow them to thrive.
There is no reason to fear that having an environmentally friendly garden will result in an uninviting and uncomfortable space. Instead, you will get a more self-sustaining environment which will reduce waste, and at the same time provide a habitat for a variety of insects and animals just outside your home. Your garden doesn’t have to be big, but your impact on the planet could be great.