Gardening might just be the noblest hobby out there. You’re working with plants and cultivating a whole eco-system to create something beautiful yet useful. Still, just because it has something to do with nature doesn’t make it eco-friendly. A lot of gardeners, especially beginners, aren’t aware just how wasteful they’re being while doing what they love. There are simple ways to make your garden more eco-friendly, though. With these tips, you’ll create an even greener and nobler place. It’s time to give back to nature the way it deserves.
1. Change your watering habit
The way you water your plants can entirely affect how much water you waste. To water effectively, you’ll need to be strategic. The best thing to do is to water your plants the first thing in the morning. This way they’ll be damp enough in the hottest point of the day, thus preventing cracking from dryness.
By the end of the day, the ground will be damper but the plants will have already absorbed the water, thus preventing overwatering. With this system, you won’t need to water your garden more than once a day and it will stay healthy and lush.
2. Recycled decor
Recycling in the garden is easier than you may think. All you have to do is give old things new life. For example, you can take an old tire and turn it into a stylish new hanging pot that everyone will adore. Take a look at your shed and wade through the items you have. Anything that you’re willing to throw away can surely be used as part of the decor. You just have to get creative.
Even old gardening tools that you can’t use anymore can have new life. You can spray paint them into a different colour and nail or glue them to your fence in a funky pattern. Show off your love for gardening by recycling as much as you can and give your garden a unique look.
3. Invite nature in
You’re not eco-friendly until you invite the rest of nature into your garden. After all, nature’s critters are especially useful in home gardens as they help you get rid of insects you don’t want and keep things in order. You’ll want to add a birdbath as well as some birdfeeders and a birdhouse to the premises. This will attract happy and chirping birds which will be happy to take care of your pest problems for you.
You can also add some toad houses around the place so as to invite toads and frogs to the area. They’re extremely good for the eco-system you’re creating. Plus, it’s always very cute and charming when you stumble upon a little frog while gardening. Taking care of nature means taking care of its creatures and giving them back part of their habitat, too.
4. Replace the lights
Any aesthetic garden will have some lights outside to outline its beauty. Even though this is a common occurrence, gardeners usually don’t think about the bulbs they use. Traditional light bulbs are everywhere, and most people aren’t aware of better alternatives. The trouble with traditional bulbs is that they waste too much energy.
Instead of equipping your fairy lights or lamp post with regular lights, it’s best to switch to the more eco-friendly led garden light which has the same aesthetic appeal but doesn’t waste nearly enough energy. You’ll still have the most beautiful garden on the block, yet without the high bills and guilt that you’re taking something away from nature.
5. Start composting
Organic fertilizer, or compost, it good for more than one reason. First of all, it’s much better for your garden because it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals in it. You’ll be growing a much healthier and more beautiful garden without ruining the soil simply because there are no chemicals. This is especially good news if you grow your own vegetables as you’ll be feeding your family true organic food.
Secondly, you won’t have any garden waste! Any gardener will tell you that there’s actually a lot of garden waste after you’ve tended to the garden. If you have a vegetable or fruit garden, this fact just becomes truer as you’ll always have rotten produce you didn’t eat. Instead of throwing it away, you’ll be paying it forward by turning it into something worthwhile.
As you can see, it’s not impossible to make your garden more eco-friendly. It will take some work in the beginning, but every challenge carries a reward with it. You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful and self-sustaining garden that would beat any other regardless of the type of contest we’re talking about. Now you’re free to enjoy your new and improved garden and revel in one of the best hobbies in the world. A gardener who takes care of the Earth, as well as his own garden, is a happy gardener.