Written in collaboration with Jeremy Bowler.
With the crocuses and daffodils starting to sprout in parks and gardens, it’s clear that spring is just around the corner. People venture again into their gardens to take in the new sights, but often the place needs a bit of a makeover after some winter neglect. This season, make your garden eco-friendly with the tips below and create a beautiful garden that supports the planet.
RECYCLE AND REUSE
One of the ways we create excess Co2 emissions in the atmosphere is by continually creating new products and transporting them. Co2 and other pollutants are generated during the production process and through distribution channels.
Materials used for the garden such as stone for paths and walls and timber for gates and fences must all be acquired and processed. You can help to reduce the impact of these materials on the planet by using reclaimed materials from local warehouses.
USE ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS
Green materials are ones that are manufactured locally or produced using more sustainable production processes. Using sustainable materials not only makes your garden green, it gives it a sense of peace.
Cement accounts for around 5% of the world’s carbon emissions, so it’s best to avoid cement products when possible. Eco materials such as clay and wood work well as alternatives. Some research on the Internet should help you find local warehouses that stock reclaimed wood and other materials. These are the best eco materials to invest in. You might also choose timber from protected sources like FSC or PEFC.
USE AN ARBORIST SERVICE
As better weather approaches and people start spending more time in their gardens, they usually notice the effects of the winter. This could be in the form of overgrown plants and trees that have consumed extensive amounts of precipitation over the colder months.
If you notice that your garden needs some attention, such as tree removal, it’s always best to contact a tree company. A professional arborist service will ensure that your problem trees are removed safely and sustainably. Where possible, removed trees can be recycled and used as reclaimed wood.
The conservation of water is one of the major challenges facing humans on the planet. It is also one of the challenges that will become more prescient in the coming years. To create a sustainable garden, you need to make an efficient water conservation system.
You can install a butt on every down pipe and choose weathered oak barrels for water storage. You can also purchase a rain barrel to collect water for storage. Finally, you might consider an underground rain tank to collect fresh water and distribute it throughout the average garden.
Also, avoid using a sprinkler if possible. Instead, water the roots of your plants and trees.
Using these tips, you can enjoy a beautiful garden while being mindful of your ecological footprint. By selecting eco-friendly materials, recycling, reusing, conserving water, and being careful about tree and plant removal, you can ensure the earth stays a beautiful place for people and animals to enjoy for years to come!
xoxo Laura (in collaboration with Jeremy Bowler)
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