Do you want to make your garden more eco-friendly? If the rest of your home is eco-friendly, but your garden is not, you might be wondering about the best way to go about changing this.
When it comes to transforming your garden into a more eco-friendly place, there are lots of different ways you can go about this. The key is to create an environment that is sustainable, reduces waste and can be used for sourcing your own produce. Your garden should also be somewhere that the local wildlife can retreat to, such as bugs and grubs.
To help you create an eco-friendly garden, we have put together a few useful tips, below:
Attract good bugs
Whether you are a creepy crawly lover or not, a big part of having an eco-friendly garden is welcoming friendly bugs into it. You might not like the idea of insects being in your garden, but welcoming good bugs is important.
Did you know that while many bugs cause damage to plants and gardens, there are also some good bugs? For instance, ladybirds are good bugs because they eat harmful flies that can cause damage to plants. You can attract good bugs by growing lots of pretty flowers, like sunflowers and marigolds.
Feed the birds
In an eco-friendly garden the use of slug killer isn’t an option, so the best way to deal with pests is to get predators to eat them. In the case of slugs, snails, and other grubs, birds are the ideal predator.
To encourage birds to visit your garden and help you control the population of grubs, put up bird feeders around the garden.
Grow your own produce
A big part of making your garden eco-friendly is growing your own produce and using your garden sustainably.
If you have room, create a vegetable patch and plant a few plum trees, apple trees and pear trees around it. If space is limited, consider opting for dwarf fruit trees, instead of full-size ones. Make sure that the seeds and fruit trees you invest are organically grown. You can find these at specialist garden centres, as well as on online shops.
Create a compost area
While you can buy fertiliser, the best way to give your garden the nutrients it needs is through compost. Not only will composting save you money on fertiliser, but it will also ensure that your garden is getting everything it needs.
Invest in a plastic or metal tub, place it in your garden and start filling it with your table scraps and unwanted food. Pretty much any food can go into your compost heap, from rotten fruit and vegetables to tea leaves and egg shells. However, it’s a good idea to avoid putting meat, fish and bones into your compost heap as this may attract unwanted pests.
You might think that making your garden more eco-friendly is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. All you have to do is follow this simple guide, and you can make your garden into a much more sustainable place.