Gardens, on a good day can be hard to manage. Eco-gardens, if managed correctly can make life a lot easier, as well as having the benefits of keeping gardening costs down. Whether you are redesigning your garden from scratch, or just want to move gradually to becoming more eco friendly, the tips in this guide can help you.
To make sure this post isn’t too overwhelming, I’m discussing only 5 of the top tips, and here they are.
- Refrain from using too many pesticides or insecticides in your garden if you’re near a stream or river. Surface run-off and water running through the soil can leech the chemicals and dump them in your local water table. This may not be a problem for you – except the added cost of replacing them; however these chemicals can become more concentrated as more are added, and may eventually have an effect on the local environment. There are a lot of organic options available, and these do not have the same characteristics of chemical counterparts, so result in cleaner water at the end of the process.
- Use good quality wood from renewable sources for your fence panels and garden buildings. With good quality wood, not only will it add to the gardens aesthetic, it is unlikely that you’ll have to replace it, as good woods are resistant to pest damage. Renewable materials, such as those from renewable forests, are managed by humans to ensure that there is not too much biomass removed from the forest, therefore keeping the environment sustainable.
- Local plants will grow best in your local soil. This means through using local plants you’ll generally have fewer planting and maintenance problems, and the likelihood is the plants will need less additional watering to keep them alive. Saving water is important, especially if reserves drop to low levels over the summer months. If you insist on growing difficult species, or find you use a lot of water, it may be an idea to invest in a water butt to keep rainwater until you later need it.
- Utilise the sun! Not only do your plants love it and use its rays to grow, but your garden is another perfect opportunity to add solar or wind power generation to your property. Both of these methods easily mount to existing garden sheds, keeping them out of reach, and out of sight from visitors.
- Using home compost bins and compost heaps can be very rewarding, and will certainly give your gardens additional nutrients if managed correctly. Simply take leftover food from your dinner plates, old fruit and vegetables, and garden cuttings, and after a few months of careful management, you’ll be ready to use your remains on your plants.