Guest Post by Joanne
Now that we are all more aware of climate change and its effects many of us have made a conscious decision to live a more eco-friendly life. We all look at our homes to see where we can make some small changes. But one area that is often overlooked is our garden. It is the only green space many of us own and because of this most would naturally assume that it is an eco-friendly environment, but there are still some small changes that we can all make to turn to our garden into a more eco-friendly environment. And all the little changes we can make will add up!
Every gardener wants to have a range of vibrant colors and exotic plants in their garden and garden centers have catered for that need by importing exotic plant species from all over the world. Planting non-native species in your garden may help to bring your garden to life but it will have a number of environmental impacts. Firstly is the added air miles that are clocked up in getting the plants to your local garden center. You may also lose biodiversity in your garden because the exotic plants may not attract native species of birds and insects. The best advice is to plant species that are native to your environment.
During the summer our garden is the ideal place to entertain and to do that you will need adequate lighting, which can prove a significant drain on your resources. Instead use the power of the sun to help light your garden by installing a range of solar powered lights. The initial outlay to install these features will be recouped whenever you use your garden to entertain.
When watering our garden many of us will take the easy option and douse everything with the hose, but if you were to stockpile water through the wetter months you will have an abundant supply whenever you need it. Water barrels and rain tanks will provide a simple solution, but investing a small amount in a water butt that can store a large amount of water will not only save you money but will also help you do your bit for the environment.
Pest control is a necessity in any garden but whenever possible look for a natural alternative. Slugs and snails have always been the gardener’s mortal enemy, but instead of reaching for slug pellets to try and eradicate the problem why not try and make your garden a less inviting place for them. Start by keeping your garden tidy and removing any suitable hiding places where they can escape the heat of the sun. Slugs are generally slow moving creatures so instead of putting a line of slugs pellets around your beloved veg patch, make a natural barrier of stone chippings about a meter wide. They will find it difficult to maneuver their way across this barrier especially if there is now where for them to hide from the heat of the sun.
Every little change you can make in your garden can help to have an overall impact on the environment. Even small things like the plants you choose to where your water comes are just a few of the small changes that can help to have a larger impact on the world around you.