The idea of “going green” has become one of the world most followed trends in the past couple of years and people are looking for more and more ways to live “green” and as environmentally friendly as possible. This is done by recycling and conserving water, but living “green” can go beyond this – even your garden can be designed to be eco-friendly.
1. Reel Lawn Mowers: these lawn mowers are muscle-powered, which means there is no engine. This is definitely an eco-friendly alternative to gas-powered rotary mowers and a great way to conserve energy. They do the job, while saving energy and keeping the air clean. They make cutting long grass hard, but they are safe, quiet, save money by being low maintenance and do not pollute.
2. Healthy Soil: Keeping your soil healthy with fertilizer rich in organic matter reduces maintenance and will ultimately save large amounts of water. Some soil can keep water for longer. Healthy soil means increased life for your plants.
3. Recycle what you already have: By using rocks, bricks, wood and other discarded materials from your garden, you will not have to buy more to give your garden character and this will prevent the need for elements that breaks down nature in the manufacturing process. Pollution is reduced and fewer trees are cut for decoration.
4. Use regionally native plants: by using mostly native plants, you make maintenance easier and more cost-effective, because they will grow easier. They are adapted to the environment and will attract beneficial insects and wildlife. It will provide a better habitat for surrounding plants and animals.
5. Do not use harmful chemicals: chemicals like pesticides disturb the balance in the environment and can kill some plants and animals while polluting the ground and water. There are many natural alternatives, like certain fertilizers that repel insects.
6. Time watering correctly: water your garden at night or early in the morning. This will save large amounts of water, because watering at the hottest part of the day will cause water to evaporate and your plants can dry out.
7. Plant trees in strategic places: you can easily save energy by planting larger trees on the north side of your house. This will help keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter, when shedding trees will let sunlight through. Plants evergreens where winds are known to blow and this will further save energy in winter by reducing heating measures you will have to take.
8. Making your garden edible: if you plant your own vegetables and certain plants and spices usable in food, you will help the environment by reducing the toll farming takes. Make sure you correctly place plants that grow well together.
9. Lights that save: if you have garden lighting, equip them with motion detectors and solar-powered capabilities to save energy. Take it a step further and make your whole house solar powered.
10. Mulching: place mulching around plants and trees to keep moisture locked in for longer. If you use environmentally friendly materials, like coconut fibre mats, bark or shredded “green” paper, it will decompose and not pollute the environment.
You can, by re-designing your landscape, make the earth cleaner and be more sensitive towards the environment.
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