Make An Eco Friendly Garden

Eco friendly gardens are gaining popularity. Creating and maintaining a pristine, eco-friendly garden is not rocket science. In fact, maintaining a sustainable and eco-friendly garden requires half the effort and penny you would otherwise spend to maintain a fancy garden, and the results are fantastic. Here’s sharing some simple steps you can follow to make your garden eco-friendlier and more sustainable.

What is an eco friendly garden?

An eco friendly and sustainable garden will include native plants including planting for pollinators and birds, animal shelters and insect hotels, new trees, vegetables to grow your own food, a water conservation including rainwater collection, water feature such as a pond or waterfall with little to no maintenance costs over the years. Compost to enrich the soil, natural pest control, say no to chemicals and minimizing usage of plastics and non-recyclables are other important elements.

And don’t forget to use eco friendly garden implements such garden gloves, which need to be compostable or biodegradable.

Plant Local Trees and Blooms

Going local is the foremost way to create an eco-friendly garden. Planting local trees and bushes essentially means that the soil is perfect for growing them and does not require to be treated artificially with excessive chemicals. Excessive chemicals often transform the characteristics of the soil, and if not maintained properly, may steal their vital nutrients. 

Make a Safe Space for Wildlife

Bees, birds, hedgehogs, caterpillars, earthworms, etc., may scare many people, but the trees love them. Each of these animals mentioned here has a role to play in making your garden replete with blooms and vitality. Of course, creating space for wildlife in your garden does not necessarily mean you will have to keep your backyard unkempt and raw, but having pockets of frivolous growths and unpruned bushes is always beneficial. You can make space for rabbits, hedgehogs, etc., by pruning your bushes carefully with tree loppers to keep your entire garden manicured. 

Carve out Natural Ponds and Not Pools

Swimming pools are great for personal use. However, if you wish for a pristine and eco-friendly garden, you require a water reserve that utilizes underground water and conserves rainwater. Ponds are habitats for numerous plants, algae, and wildlife besides being a natural source of water that does not need to be filtered, filled-in, and chemicals to maintain its purity. You could also utilize the pond’s water – which carries lots of nutrients – to maintain your garden instead of the regular tap water. If you are unsure of pulling this task off singlehandedly, contacting gardening suppliers may be useful.

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Recycle and Re-use Plastics

Being eco-friendly and sustainable also means re-using every single product meant for single use. You could DIY plastic containers to create pots for your plants or even a vertical garden for your backyard wall. You could also re-use your old egg boxes and cardboard loo roll packets to sow seeds. Since these are biodegradable, you can plant them right into the soil without any fear of messing up your plants. 

Plastic bags, especially courier bags, are extremely handy for soil and manure storing and mixing. So, the next time you have to mix soil and manure for potting new plants, utilize these plastics instead of trashing them in your bins.

Create Your Own Manure

One of the basics of creating an eco-friendly garden is creating your own manure. Creating your own pit in the garden not only ensures productive usage of the organic wastes of your home and organic manure for your plants but also enriches the soil with essential nutrients and helps it retain more moisture. If you have been making compost pits and manure of your own, you could try making peat-free manure. Extracting peat manure over a long time might adversely affect the soil. Hence, it is recommended that people who habitually make manure for their gardens switch over to peat-free manure.

Making manure for the first time may seem to be a daunting task – a little mistake might turn your garden into a toxic space. So, it is advisable to consider professional help for the first time before you can ace the task yourself.

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Go Vocal for Local

Making a garden eco-friendly also implies carefully choosing landscaping and furniture to maintain a lower carbon footprint. The best option is to go for handmade products that are available locally. For example, instead of marbles from foreign countries, you could do the landscaping using tiles or bricks made locally. In this way, you not only reduce your carbon footprint but also support local small businesses, making your garden eco-friendly and sustainable in the truest sense of the term. 

If you have unused or broken furniture, you can upcycle and re-use the same in your garden. This arrangement would make the garden look wonderful and help you bring an eco-friendly and sustainable charm to your home.

Conclusion

Having a garden that is sustainable and eco-friendly is the future. While creating an eco-friendly garden from scratch is not really difficult, it might take quite some work if you wish to tweak your existing garden into an eco-friendly one. Please consider taking professional help if you are new to gardening. And if you wish to create an entire garden single-handedly, make sure you have a rough idea in your mind and an efficient toolkit to help you create your dream garden.

Author Bio:

Mark Yeater is the Content Marketing Manager at Tree Stuff. He loves to collaborate with arborists and has written various articles around nature, tree climbing, eco-friendly environment, and much more. In his free time, you can see him conducting seminars to educate people on the advanced techniques and safety measures for tree climbing. Mark’s fondness for trees since childhood makes him a true Dendrophile.

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