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Garden // How green is your garden, really?

June 14, 2018

 

 

We all know what a devastating effect that we as humans have had on our planet, and more and more of us are taking a stand and are doing what we can to try and reverse this. 

 

One thing we can all do is be more eco friendly with our garden, chances are you’ve already made some great changes in the house but what about your outside space? Here are some ideas for how you can go about it. 

 


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Collect Rainwater

The water that comes through our taps at home has been through a rigorous cleaning process which makes it safe to drink. This has a considerable impact on the environment since water cleaning factories have to use fossil fuels to run. So to then put this clean water onto our gardens can be a waste and bad for the environment. The way to get around it is by harvesting rainwater in containers like Tuffa Tanks. This can then be used when the weather is dry to water your lawn and flowers, but with no ill effects on the environment.


Compost

We’re responsible for producing far too much waste in the modern world. Much of it is taken away and incinerated or buried in landfill, both of which are horrendous to the environment. If we all made an effort to use less and dispose of our waste carefully it would lead to incredible changes. In the home you can recycle, and in the garden you can compost. Make or buy a compost bin, and use it to get rid of garden waste like lawn clippings and branches. You can also put in raw, unused vegetables, tea bags, eggshells, cardboard and more. It’s less waste that has to be disposed of in a harmful way, and as a bonus in a few months time you get a rich compost that you can use on your garden.


Avoid Pesticides

It can be problematic to have slugs, snails and other pests in the garden, and when we see them many of us instantly reach for chemical pesticides. However these chemicals don’t discriminate, and as well as kill the pests they can also hurt other friendly animals such as birds, bees and even your pets. You don’t have to live with pests, but instead look for organic and chemical free pesticide varieties. Things like traps for rodents, and even biological control is useful. This is where you attract a friendly species into your garden with flowers or food which will eat the pests for you. For example, birds and hedgehogs will eat slugs. You will also want to avoid chemical based weed killer, instead try methods like boiling water or just removing them by hand. It’s a pain, but it’s great exercise!


A few simple changes is all we need to make and think of the combined difference we could make to the Earth. Is this something you have given much thought to?

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