At first, environmentally friendly garden tips almost seem like a given. On the surface, gardening would seem to be an environmentally friendly pursuit. And it is, generally speaking, when tending to the plants and vegetables that grow in your garden. Things can get a little more questionable when it comes to making sure the plants are fed and watered and that any nasty pests are kept firmly at bay. So, let’s take a closer look. Is your garden actually environmentally friendly?
UK experts from the University of Reading, the University of Sheffield, and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) created a paper in 2012 titled: The Domestic Garden: Its Contribution to Urban Green Infrastructure. It explores the notion that gardening is eco-friendly. It also uncovers some surprising truths about the effects modern gardening has had on the environment. Many of us can make changes to the way we garden in order to help make a difference to the environment.
Tips For An Environmentally Friendly Garden:
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There are a few simple gardening tips that you can put into effect right away. For example, changing your lawnmower if its petrol and turning your sprinklers off. Shockingly, lawn sprinklers can use an extra 12,240 gallons of water an hour. A family of four would use this amount of water in a full day. Harvesting rain water in a water tank is a great way to combat the lack of sprinklers. Instead it lets you re-use the water you’ve collected. There are other changes you can make which may take a bit more time but are definitely worthwhile if you want to be as eco-friendly as possible.
One major problem is to do with commercial potting soil. Most types of commercial soil contain peat, which is a non-renewable resource and is only found in certain parts of the world. Once peat is harvested, it’s very hard to grow back and as it’s used as a source of energy it really is a resource that shouldn’t be lost. The harvesting of the peat also causes a large amount of carbon emissions each year. An alternative material for soil is coconut coir. It’s a natural byproduct of the coconut industry that would otherwise be wasted, and is great at cultivating plants. It’s best to see what other options are available at your local garden centre, but it’s definitely worthwhile investigating.
The use of chemicals and pesticides in gardens is another big problem when it comes to the environment. They are most commonly used in order to manage and get rid of pests, but there are other methods you can use to prevent your plants from being destroyed. The “Integrated Pest Management” strategy is recommended by scientists and involves a variety of different methods, one of which is the removal of pests by hand. Another thing you can do to help manage pests is to encourage birds into your garden by setting up feeders. This will naturally lead to them eating other pests in your garden. Encouraging “good insects” like ladybirds and spiders is another option, as they will also get rid of the other nasty pests. Setting up a “wild” section of your garden whereby you leave it to grow naturally will also help to encourage this.
So when you’re starting to prepare for this year’s gardening plans, it’s definitely worth taking all these environmentally friendly garden tips into consideration to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help the environment. I hope you found these tips to garden in an environmentally friendly way helpful!
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Small Footprints says
I really like the idea of “Integrated Pest Management”. I had great success with eliminating slugs in my garden by simply removing them (and I didn’t kill them but rather transported them across the street to a green space). Thank you for wonderful tips!
Compost to help build your own soil, avoid synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Yes, you can grow a small garden with sustainable methods.