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10 Easy Ways to Create an Eco-friendly Garden
Make your outside space more environmentally friendly & create a garden that respects the environment as well as looking beautiful.
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Cut down on food miles by growing your own food.
carrots and potatoes, or fruit such as apples and berries, cherry and crab apple are just two of the native trees you could plant for fruit. Having a flower-rich planting scheme will provide pollinators throughout the seasons.
You could also look into getting onto the list for an allotment with neighbours or friends - be warned as there is quite a waiting list !
Be water wise
Try to remove sprinkler systems or use a timer to reduce usage.
Drip feeds are a much better option as they go directly to the plants.
Buy yourself the biggest water butt you can to collect rainwater from a downpipe.
Go native to support pollinators and wildlife
Native wildflowers are easy to grow and maintain, and are often more resistant to pests than non-natives. They’re also ideal for attracting bees and butterflies, which need all the help they can get with numbers declining across the country.
For a successful wildlife garden, think about the whole year and include nectar-rich plants for the winter and spring, too which are ideal for early bees on warmer days. Insects love herbs and moths are attracted by night scented flowers.
Fun Fact : Bees see in ultra violet - so are more attracted to purple and blue shades of flowers & plants ..
By choosing solar-powered lights and water features,Connect your garden to next door
Modern gardens are increasingly enclosed by large walls and fences which makes it difficult for ground-dwelling creatures, such as hedgehogs to get around. By ensuring there’s access to surrounding gardens by cutting small holes in your fences creates a ‘green highway’ for small mammals to travel around.
Say goodbye to peat
Avoid using compost with peat in it, as extracting this destroys unique ecosystems so try and make your own.
By recycling garden and food waste, not only does it save rubbish going to landfill sites, but it can create a rich, moisture-retentive mulch and helps attract a wide variety of creatures into your garden,
Rather than gathering fallen leaves into plastic bags – which take decades to decompose – and throwing them away, use biodegradable as leaves provide winter refuge for small animals and once decomposed, be left with natural leaf mould – a perfect fertiliser.”
You can use everything from leftover food to pulled-up weeds and grass cuttings to create a natural means of helping your garden grow, and soaking weeds in a container for a few weeks creates a nutrient-rich solution that can be used to water plants
try ‘grasscycling’, - leave grass trimmings on your lawn after mowing, which provides a natural fertiliser.
Weave in a tree
Research has shown that gardens with trees are more attractive to wildlife than those without - as well as reducing noise pollution , giving shade and can increase air purity too. Try planting a large tree, such as a birch, beech or magnolia, to produce oxygen and help remove harmful particles from the air.
Keep wildlife refreshed
Ponds & bird baths provide homes for amphibians and insects, as well as drinking and bathing water for birds and mammals.
Even a dish of water will keep animals and insects refreshed in the hot weather.