We all know how important it is to be eco-friendly in our homes; we know how to separate our waste, we know how to keep our homes insulated and we know which cars are the most fuel-efficient. However, are we as knowledgeable when it comes to looking after our gardens? Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when you’re doing your garden maintenance
Looking After Your Plants
Whether you have a vegetable patch or you have a lovely display of flowers, the majority of plants will need soil and organic fertilizer in order for them to flourish. The type of terrain your land is on will depend on how much soil you’ll need but generally it’s a staple of any back yard. However, many of us are unaware that traditional commercial soil isn’t eco-friendly. Peat is the main component of traditional commercial soil and it is a non-renewable resource. It can only be found in certain areas of the world. Once peat is harvested from wetlands and swamps, it’s very hard to grow back so a lot is lost forever. An eco-friendly alternative is coconut coir. It promotes plant health and isn’t used as a fuel or food and is a natural byproduct. Using this as soil will prevent waste and as it is a renewable resource, we wouldn’t have to worry about it running out.
Making sure that pests don’t ruin your hard work in the garden is the bane of most gardeners’ lives. But dousing your plants in pesticides and chemicals will not only kill off the pests; they can harm the good insects that are helping to take care of your plants, and in some cases can even damage the plants themselves. Destroying these eco-systems can have a long-lasting damaging effect on your garden. There are alternative methods that are environmentally friendly, one such example is the “Integrated Pest Management” strategy. This is recommended by scientists and involves a lot of planning and natural control to help plants stay healthy. The idea is that if you frequently check your plants, you may be able to remove pests without the need of pesticides and this will prevent plants from becoming infested. If you need help with certain ailments, it’s worth taking a sample of your plant to the local garden centre to see if they advise you on your next steps.
From garden sheds to log cabins, more and more of us are making use of buildings in the garden. Whether it’s to make use of an extra room by housing an office or a gym, or it’s used for the more traditional purposes, they are a familiar sight in many back gardens. When making a decision to purchase a shed or a log cabin, make sure you know exactly where the materials have been sourced. It’s important that the wood used is from a sustainable source, and is environmentally friendly. One way to check where the materials are sourced from is to make sure the supplier is accredited in government and forestry protection schemes. There are a few different ones, but the main ones to look for are the CPET, FSC, and PEFC. This ensures that the shed suppliers work with timber companies who sustainable produce their wood and do the minimal amount of harm to forests.
These are just a few different ideas to help you maintain your garden using easy, eco-friendly methods. What are your ideas?
This guest post was written on behalf of Tiger Sheds an online garden shed retailer.