Gardens & nature

Top 9 tips to be a more environmentally friendly gardener

It’s fair to say that these days we all want to do our bit to have less of an impact on the environment, these tips for the climate-friendly gardener will help tremendously. There is no reason you canít have both a beautiful garden and even a bountiful garden without ruining the environment. In fact, you can even improve your soil and create an almost self-sufficient garden by adopting these simple climate-friendly gardening practices.

The other huge advantage is that for those who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables you’ll know exactly what goes into the soil.

  1. Ditch Your petrol/gas powered mower – Use a manual push mower or an electric mower to cut down on carbon emissions when cutting your grass. A manual push mower is also thought to be better for grass because it cuts it longer and clips it off differently than a petrol/gas mower.
  2. Plant Trees and Shrubs – When you plant native trees and shrubs strategically around and within your garden, you can create an environment that you have more control over than you may have thought. For example, if you have a super-hot sunny area, you can plant trees to bring some needed shade so that plants donít burn in the sun.
  3. Choose Native Plants That Are Adaptable – One problem with current gardening practices is the desire to grow too many non-native plants. You need plants that are meant for the environment you live in. Pay attention to how your climate is changing over time, because what worked ten years ago might not work now.
  4. Avoid Using Non-Permeable Surfaces such asphalt, concrete, stone and brick might look nice but it’s better to use planting beds, mulched beds, gravel, and other permeable pavers so that water can be absorbed into the soil more easily and you won’t end up with a superheated area of your garden.
  5. Plant a Diversity of Plants – Using native choices, of course! Plant a lot of different types of plants for your needs – whether it’s for practical purposes or colour – even scent. You can reduce soil erosion with properly placed shrubs, trees, and cover plants. You can plant pollinators, water collectors, and beautiful flowering plants that help ward off pests.
  6. Grow Perennial Plants ñ You donít want to have to keep replanting every single year four times a year. Instead, plant perennials strategically so that each year at the right time of year you have new plants without messing with the soil and digging all the time.
  7. Don’t Leave Your Garden Soil Naked – For your food gardens and any soil that you’re preparing, it’s important that you don’t leave your soil uncovered. You can cover it with natural mulch, compost, and straw. Or you can grow ground covering such as legumes which will add nutrients to the soil.
  8. Think Maintenance Free – When you are planning your garden, try to think about the type of maintenance that youíre going to have to do to keep the garden going. Plant and design with that in mind so that you can work with nature instead of against it.
  9. Conserve Water where you can. When you do work with nature, you also naturally conserve water. For example, having higher grass will improve the roots so that you donít need as much water. Collecting rainwater will help you conserve water too.

Plants will grow when they are given nutrient-rich soil, the right amount of water, sunshine, and care. This happens naturally in nature. There are 2000-year-old food forests that still produce (with very little if any intervention) food that feeds people. Nature is wonderful and knows what itís doing. It’s up to us to figure out what we can do to help rather than interfere too much with mother nature!

What’s more, if you get it right then you’ll be helping to sustain wildlife by mindfully planting things they love! Check out these 5 ways to encourage wildlife into your garden.

And if you really want to fully embrace the outdoorsy life, how about giving glamping a go? I love this idea because if I’m honest, I’ve never been very good a ‘roughing’ it and what better to get the camping experience with all of the glamour!

And if you aren’t the ‘outdoorsy’ type, well that’s absolutely fine too!! We love this post from the navy sloth about easy ways to be more eco-friendly! Check it out!

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