The spring and summer season is a busy time for gardeners, and that means many of us will be looking for new and exciting ways to upgrade our yards. However, this year, instead of looking simply for new plants and accessories for the garden, try focusing also on new methods. One of the trendiest things in gardening is to take strides toward a more sustainable, eco-friendly method of gardening. There are plenty of ways to go about arranging your garden in a way that benefits (or at least doesn’t harm) the surrounding environment. Here are 5 tips in particular to consider.
1. Bring In The Birds
Inviting birds to your garden is one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to create an eco-friendly garden. Whether at a local gardening shop, or even an online store like Amazon, you can find birdhouses, birdbaths, and bird feeders all to encourage your feathered friends into your garden. Once there, the birds will serve as natural pest control, preying on insects that would ordinarily need to be exterminated with potentially harmful pesticides.
2. Plant To Eat
This one’s a fairly simple concept, but it can be surprisingly fun. If you plant edible plants and vegetables, you’ll be doing a world of good. First of all, you’ll cut back on general food consumption by growing your own. Second, you’ll save yourself a bit of money at the store. And finally, you’ll also likely have a great deal of fun growing your own food! Most people who try it do.
3. Mow Mechanically
A gas mower is one of the most harmful tools you can use to maintain your yard and garden, as it will always emit clouds of harmful fumes. Instead, take a look at a site like My Smart Buy, where you can find alternative mowers that run either mechanically or electrically, thus eliminating the fumes.
4. Collect Rainwater
Another of the most environmentally harmful aspects of most home gardens is the excessive water waste that can go into taking care of plants. If you rely entirely on sprinklers or your hose for watering, you’re using water less efficiently than you could. Instead, try setting out a few rainwater barrels to collect water and distribute it as needed among your plants and garden.
5. Make Your Own Mulch
Finally, you can also conserve and consolidate natural material by compiling your own makeshift mulch. From pieces of dead plant, to upturned soil from planting, and even chopped tree pieces and bark, you can compile your own mulch without having to buy any from the local gardening centre. It can be a bit of a task, but it’s a great use of natural resources.