Are you wondering how you can make your garden more of an eco-friendly space? You’re not alone. Homeowners all over the country are taking steps to make their homes and gardens more eco-friendly.
Your garden is already home to a wide variety of plants and wildlife, but there are some eco-friendly features you can incorporate to make your garden even greener!
One of the easiest ways you can use your garden to lower your carbon footprint is to start an allotment or raised bed and grow your own food. Growing fruits and vegetables is not only better for your health, but it also reduces the distance that your food travels from plant to plate. Transport of goods contributes massively to the declining health of our planet, so if you can take steps to become more self-sufficient, then you’re doing your bit for Mother Earth.
Besides being better for the environment, homegrown, organic food is better for our health too. Most commercial farms rely on herbicides and other chemical sprays to control pests and diseases. In comparison, you know exactly what goes into homegrown food and can manage potential problems in a more natural way. This reduces the amount of potentially harmful chemicals that you and your family ingest every time you sit down for dinner.
Eco-friendly garden materials
When it comes to the materials that make up your garden, some of them might be more harmful to the environment than you expect. Let’s take wooden decking for example, surely this is the most eco-friendly decking option on the market, right? Not exactly. Traditional timber decking is prone to rotting and splitting unless it’s treated with harsh chemical stains and seals. These chemicals aren’t just applied once, they need to be repeatedly applied once a year to keep the boards in good condition. The fumes from these chemicals can have a detrimental impact on the environment!
If you want to choose a more eco-friendly decking alternative, we’d highly recommend giving composite decking a try. High-quality composite decking manufacturers use a combination of FSC timber fibers (that would’ve ended up in landfills) and post-production plastics to create deck boards that never need to be sanded, stained, or sealed. This means your deck is easier to maintain, better for the environment, and, generally, longer-lasting too.
Another great tip for making your garden more eco-friendly is to switch to solar lights. You can install solar lights all around your garden to create a beautiful glow on an evening, and the sun will charge them up all day long. That means, you’re not using electricity from the power grid to light up your garden, instead, you’re harnessing the power of the sun. Not only is this better for the environment, but it’s also completely free, meaning you’re making positive choices for your planet and your purse.
If you want to use solar panels to their full potential, why not enquire about getting some installed on the roof of your home. This could help to reduce your electricity costs while creating a clean source of energy for you and your family to use all year round.
So, if you’ve wanted to take some steps towards making your home more eco-friendly, but not known where to start, we hope you found some inspiration in this blog.