Going Green: How to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly
By Emma B. Joyce
Having a green garden is pretty common, but how many of them are truly green? Not all gardens are eco-friendly, and there is a lot of effort that needs to be put into a garden in order to make it green and sustainable. No matter whether your garden is just a place where your kids play after school, or your safe heaven where you like to relax after a busy day at work and grow your plants, every garden can afford to become a little greener. But how do you make your garden eco-friendly, and why is it even important?
First, we should talk about the benefits of an eco-friendly garden. After all, how are we expected to make the extra effort if we don’t even know what we’re getting from it? Well, an eco-friendly garden is a healthy garden, and this affects both us and the earth it grows on. For example, when we switch from commercial pesticides to natural ones, we are not only making the space safer for us to be around (because there are no toxic chemicals in the air) but we’re also not soaking the plants and ground in toxic pesticides.
The first rule of any green garden is – compost everything. Even if you don’t grow any plants, you can use compost to feed your grass, and you will end up with a beautiful lawn. It is very easy to make your own compost station and it will be the best decision you have ever made for your garden. Moreover, not only does composting reduce the amount of green waste on landfills, but the very fact that it is used for something good makes it sustainable as well.
Ditch the chemicals
If you are still using chemical pesticides or anything unnatural to “help” your garden, you should probably stop doing that. Nature has its own way of sorting things out, and we can always use natural remedies if we want to give it a little boost. Is your favorite plant being attacked by lice? Just put it in the middle of an ant colony and watch the lice disappear in a matter of days, no chemicals needed. And if you are using something that makes your plants grow faster or give bigger fruit, you need to realize that what you are really doing is poisoning the plant as well as the product. If you look online, you will find a natural remedy for almost any plant-related problem.
Control your water usage
Water is vital for every garden, but there are ways in which you can make your water usage a lot more efficient. The first step is collecting rainwater. The mechanism couldn’t be easier, and you can do it yourself in no time. Using rainwater is healthy for the plants, and it will also help you save money on your water bill. When you water your plants, try to do it during the coldest time of the day in order to give your plants more time to absorb the water before it evaporates.
Don’t be afraid to commit
Having a garden of any kind, but especially an eco garden, is a challenging task that requires a lot of commitment. But that shouldn’t stop you from giving it your all because even if you have to leave your residence permanently, you can always bring your garden with you. Experienced removalists in Brisbane are experts at transporting your garden and all of its components from A to B, and they will gladly help you out. Therefore, don’t be afraid to go green and fully commit to your sustainable garden. Moreover, even if you do end up leaving it behind– imagine how much easier it is going to be for the next person to continue the green tradition when they have everything they need already set up for them.
We have to do our best and try to protect our planet in any way we can, and the best place to start is our own back yard. If every individual would just take a few simple steps to make their yard more sustainable, the world as a whole would be healthier, greener, and much more beautiful.
Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.