The world is heating up, and we are using too many of the natural resources to continue the way we have been for the last century. Every homeowner who enjoys spending time in their garden should be taking steps to reduce their impact on this pressing issue. We have given a few handy tips below for you to start growing an eco-friendly garden and have a beautiful space for your family.
Recycle and Capture Water
One of the biggest drains on the world’s natural resources is water used for agriculture and gardening. You can help limit your water use by collecting rainwater for watering the garden. You can also take this a step further and install a greywater diverter which will send any grey water such as bath, shower and sink water to a container, ready for use later. Make sure you don’t put bleach and other harmful cleaners in there, and you will have an endless supply of water to keep your garden green and healthy. Another water saving technique is to use watering cans instead of hose pipes as a lot of water is wasted when we splash water from hoses around the garden.
Grow Your Own Lawn
Many homeowners would buy turf from a local supplier when they decide they want a lawn in the garden. There is no need to spend money on expensive turf when you can grow your lawn from seed. Check what varieties of grass you can grow in your area and prepare the soil accordingly. Once your soil is ready, you just need to scatter the seed as evenly as possible at the right time of year to ensure a uniform and healthy lawn. Most grass seeds need to be planted in the springtime when the temperatures are not too hot, but also so that it isn’t so cold as to let the seeds go into dormancy. Each type of grass seed is different, so check the labels to ensure excellent results the first time around. Remember that grass seeds will also attract birds as a food source, so you’ll have to make sure that the seed is protected from these factors.
Create a Compost Heap
Regardless of the size of your garden, you can start your own composting heap quickly with little effort. You can add all the grass cuttings, dead leaves and plants, organic food waste and cardboard or paper. Be sure to turn the compost heap every few weeks to help speed up the composting, and this will give you an inexhaustible supply of high-quality compost that you can spread on the flower beds and vegetable areas. You don’t need to buy a composting bin as you can use chicken wire or old pieces of wood to build an open-top compost heap that will reap the rewards for your garden.
Use Indigenous Plants
The simple way to make sure you are only planting trees and shrubs that are indigenous to your area is to check with your local garden center or go out and see what is growing naturally in the wild near you. By using plants that thrive in your vicinity, you will be reducing the amount of effort and expense needed to grow them. If you live in a dry, hot climate, you should stay away from plants that need lots of water, and if you live in a cold environment, you won’t want to try growing palm trees. Follow what nature has already started, and you will get a great, easy to manage garden that requires minimal effort to grow. By using native plants, you are also supporting the local ecosystem by attracting various wildlife from the area.
Grow Vegetables and Fruits
Supermarkets throw away millions of tons of fruit and vegetables every year, not just products that didn’t sell before rotting, but also in the selection process of the product itself. If you can grow your own vegetables, fruit, and herbs that your family can enjoy, it will make a massive positive impact on the food waste crisis that we currently have. Start with simple products such as chives, onions, carrots, and radishes, and you can expand as you gain confidence and knowledge on what is best to grow in your garden. You won’t need acres of space to start a vegetable patch as many can be planted in pots or growing boxes, this makes it easy to move them around the garden for better sunlight or to keep them sheltered from heat or excessive rain.
Every step mentioned above is simple to do and will save the family money in the future. By reducing the amount of water you use and growing eco-friendly plants and vegetables, you will be not only helping to keep the world in good shape for future generations you will be creating a beautiful place to spend time around and relax. And remember, even if you don’t have a large area at your disposal, you can always use window boxes to start growing eco-friendly plants, vegetables, and flowers.
Writer: Theodora Evans. Theodora is a passionate blogger from Sydney and she is someone you would call an IT nerd. Also, she takes great interest in psychology and helping people deal with their mental and anxiety issues. Besides that, she loves martial arts and enjoying nature.