If you are in Australia in a place like Sydney, you need to carry out eco-friendly garden care with the sun in mind. The location is sunny through the year and therefore water is a big component in the maintenance of a healthy garden. Other means of making your garden environmentally friendly include furniture, attracting birds and mammals, growing fruits and vegetables, incorporating mulch, rock features and recycling waste. Here is some tips on how to make your garden eco-friendly.
1. Eco-Friendly Garden FurnitureWhen purchasing outdoor furnishings and furniture, pick eco-friendly options. Search for furniture created from natural materials or FSC sustainable wood. Be sure that the materials are treated with minimal toxic chemicals to prolong the furniture’s lifespan. Natural building materials are renewable, and don’t emit toxic chemicals into the surroundings. You can also get second-hand furniture at garage sales and op-shops. Even though you might not get a full outdoor set, mix-and-match used and vintage pieces will make your garden area a lot more colourful while adding a lot of personality to it. Furniture and outdoor retailers offer stylish and environmental-friendly garden furniture including sun beds, chairs and tables. If you wish to have a rug, stay away from synthetic materials. Pick one that is made of natural materials like seagrass, jute, or wool.
2. Invite Mammals, Birds and BugsYour garden should be a welcoming place to bugs, birds, and mammals. Developing habitats for them may not only make your garden appear scenic, but will also aid in the control of pests and diseases – meaning there would be no need for synthetic fungicides and pesticides. Creating a pond in your garden would promote drinking, bathing and breeding by local creatures. Set up nesting boxes and feeders to lure birds that eat slugs, caterpillars, snails and other pests that can ruin your crop is a great option. You can attract various wild insects like ground beetles, lacewings, and ladybirds to minimise the population of harmful pests. Growing wildflowers allow beneficial bugs to obtain shelter and lay eggs. This includes nectar-rich flowers to invite moths and butterflies.
3. Conserve WaterYou need plenty of water to maintain a lush, green garden. However, water is also a critical resource that needs conserving. There are numerous ways of preserving water.
- Plant native species that need less water than others.
- Avoid over watering to prevent damage to plants and depletion of water resources.
- Water plants in the evening during summer to prevent water loss through evaporation.
- Install an eco-friendly irrigation system that meets the needs of the garden size and the plants.
- Store rainwater through the use of a rainwater butt and utilise it in the dry season.
- Reuse grey water that is gathered from kitchen sinks and showers and sprinkle it in your garden with a grey water diverter. As long as it lacks harmful chemicals, this water is safe for your plants. You will be able to reduce your water expenses and conserve water as well.