By John Brennan, 27/08/2021
Sustainable gardening is something we should all be implementing in our lives. This term refers to using gardening practices that cause no damage to the environment and instead seek to enhance it. There are a variety of different ways to go about implementing sustainability in your garden, and we want to be able to get as many people as we can onboard. So, if you find yourself someone who is interested in employing more sustainable techniques when it comes to gardening, we’re here to give you a quick run-through of what you can do.
One way you can go about implementing sustainable gardening is to recognise the importance of using local materials. This refers to using materials that are eco-friendly or that have been recycled, which can include plastic plant pots and buying things such as compost in reusable bags. Investing in local materials also avoids the pollutants and emissions that come with shipping, and it also supports local businesses and gives money to your regional economy.
In addition to buying compost in reusable bags, you can also make your own. This is ideal for those of you who have smaller gardens, as those with bigger gardens will still have to purchase more compost given when making your own you simply won’t have enough. However, for those with smaller gardens, it saves time and money investing in other compost. It also saves you time taking green waste to your local tip.
Another way to implement sustainability in your garden is using environmentally friendly pest controls and fertilisers. When it comes to pest controls, using chemical controls can affect insects that are beneficial to your garden as well. Using excessive amounts of fertiliser can also affect the environment detrimentally because it can lead to the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Remember to take care when applying fertiliser, don’t overdo or you’re at risk of causing environmental damage.
Following on from polluting fertilisers, you can also opt for hedges instead of fences for your garden. They also help reduce polluting fertilisers that reach watercourses by acting as a physical barrier. Hedges are also more sustainable because they help absorb air pollution and provide habitat and food for wildlife, while many fences can be detrimental to wildlife because they can prevent animals such as hedgehogs moving from garden to garden.
Another technique many gardeners use to keep a low-maintenance, sustainable garden is mulching. Mulch is usually an organic material, such as leaves, that is spread on the soil to protect roots from harsh sunlight and drought. It also provides nutrients to plants as it decomposes.
If you’re looking for any further advice regarding keeping your garden as sustainable as possible, feel free to get in touch. You can contact us via telephone at 0113 262 1214 or you can use our enquiry form found on the Contact page.