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Embarking on Environmentally Friendly Gardening

24Feb 2015

Working in and around the garden, you can often feel at one with nature. As you see to you gardening, you will be looking after plants, creating habits and setting up food for wildlife and so on. Everything you do can be in idea of the planet as you do your best to cultivate living things. However, you may never really consider what you are doing as environmentally friendly. This may not cross your mind or you don’t see how much of an impact you could have on the earth by seeing to your garden maintenance. In fact, you can do a large amount of good for the Earth as you tackle hedging and pruning, grass cutting, etc, so it is well worthwhile step in taking. If you want to see how you can help your garden and the environment, read on for useful tips.


The first step you should take to help the environment while undertaking your usual gardening chores is to avoid using chemicals. Bleaches can be used to clean the path, weed killer for undesirable plants, chemical laced paints to restore colour to things and so on. The chemicals procured by these products and used in their manufacture can have a negative impact of the environment so it is best to use alternates. Scrubbing a bit harder with soap and water can help get rid of stains without any damage to Earth, tackling weed control by hand or using a trowel will be just as effective as any chemical. Utilise Eco and natural paints are available which do not use the usual chemicals.


A compost heap can be a great way to help your garden and the planet. Get a decent quality wooden or plastic container and find a dry spot for it in your garden. The container should have no bottom and placed within soil, as this will allow worms to get inside.Then you can begin to place excess fruit and vegetable peelings, teabags, grass, leaves, scrunched up paper and more inside. Fill it with organic waste at first and leave it over time. The worms will convert this into a brown and crumbly substance that can be used on your flowers and vegetables and will encourage them to grow. This process not only is helping your garden but also is an effective from of recycling.


Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a green step to make. Rather than having or have thing transported (often from aboard) and come in non-biodegradable packing, you can simply produce what you need. This will help the environment and can even save you money. It can also be a rewarding experience and give you a new hobby.


Attracting birds to your garden can have significant advantages. They will often eat garden pests and so will protect your plants. By providing this service, it means you won’t have to buy pesticides, as nature will make care of it for you. Leave bird feeders around the garden and ensure that they are full of seeds, fruit and nuts, preferably that have been ground up so the will small enough or the brides to eat. Bird ponds and baths can be attractive and attract fowls to your garden.


Greenhouses can be a great way to grow and look after plants but they can use a lot of electricity to operate. To cut down on this output, look into energy conserving steps such as different types of bulbs. Find efficient ways of heating the place so that you only use electricity when necessary and install double-glazing and other features that will conserve heat.

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