Five Steps Towards an Eco-Friendly Garden
Keep your garden green in more ways than one by implementing a few of these simple steps.
Beautiful, peaceful and functional, gardens make a great addition to any home. However, due to the current global environmental situation as well as the water problems in South Africa, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our gardens don’t cause more harm than good. Here are our top tips to make your garden a little more eco-friendly.
1. Install a grey water/rain water system
Most gardens require a lot of water to maintain, so why not reduce the amount of water you suck from the tap by harnessing rainwater or installing a grey water system? Invest in a large tank to catch rainwater for reuse or install a drainage system that directs rainwater from your roof and gutters straight into your garden. Alternatively, you could get a grey water system fitted – this way all the ‘dirty’ water from your showers, baths, sinks and washing machine will be redirected into the garden.
2. Get rid of the pesticides
Instead of dousing your plants and lawn with harmful chemicals, try to get rid of the pests the natural way. Buy some bird feeders and seed to attract birds into your garden and get rid of all the chemical pesticides. This way birds and helpful bugs will be drawn to your garden – often they’re all that you need to get rid of the pests.
3. Ensure all the plants in your garden are indigenous
When it comes to eco-friendly gardens, indigenous plants are the way to go. Because they are used to their environment, they usually require less water and they’re more resistant to pests and diseases meaning you don’t need to use any pesticides.
4. Start a compost heap
Instead of buying compost from the nursery, why not make your own? That way you’ll get compost for free, make use of your scraps and enrich your soil naturally without needing to resort to chemicals. Old fruit and veggies, scraps, peels, egg shells, tea bags and lawn waste are all compost heap friendly.
5. Incorporate hard landscaping
Do you really need all that lawn? Grass requires a lot of water, fertilizer and time to maintain, so get rid of some if you can. Once you’ve freed up some space, you could install a deck, create an outdoor entertainment area, build a stone garden or start your own veggie patch – the possibilities are endless.
Whether you take on one of these green garden tips or all five, it’s important to start somewhere, so get busy!