8 Eco-Friendly Ideas For Your Home & Garden
Gardens are wonderful places to spend a summers day and yet surprisingly many features in a garden are not as green as they could be. Implement these 8 elements when designing your home patio or garden.
- Wildlife. You might be surprised, as habitat loss increases, private gardens are increasingly becoming an important site for wildlife. Encourage wildlife into your garden.There there are a huge number of ways you can do this. From building a pond to eliminating your use of nasty chemicals in the garden will all help wildlife to survive and thrive. Avoid over feeding wildlife so they retain their natural ability to find food sources.
- Compost. Placing mulch onto your soil in the form of grass clippings, chopped bark and or will all help to reduce water loss from your soil and also help to reduce the number of weeds which grow in your garden. The real eco-friendly gardeners will leave an area of their garden empty so that wild plants that are blown in on the wind have a place to grow. Make a compost heap from unwanted scraps and foliage. Use this to fertilise your garden.
- Weeds. Try to avoid chemicals wherever possible. Manual weeding can be time-intensive and if you plant carefully you should be able to avoid the need for pesticides and herbicides. Allow natural Australian weeds that flower to grow. Some weeds can be used for very easy and beautiful gardens. Plant ground covering plants to make it difficult for unwanted plants to grow.
- Watering. Water only in the cooler hours of the morning or evening to minimise evaporation. Water directly at the base of plants for better absorption. Water on leaves can cause more damage when the sun appears. Introduce a watering system that takes advantage of slope. Add small dams to collect water in your garden. Use rubber hoses that introduce water into the ground of your garden.
- Water recycling (bio-cycle). Using all the water in your home is a must. Bio-cycle systems take all waste water, including sewerage and make it clean again. Perfect for many uses. A small price to pay for cleaning and re-using nature’s gift.
- Rain water tanks. A must for any eco-friendly home. Save water from building structures. Combined with a bio-cycle your home can be off the water utilities system. What a better way to have water and save it too.
- Solar power collection and usage. Use solar power where possible for lights, electric fences and power electric mowers and other tools around your home. Garden maintenance can consume a lot of power damaging the environment even if it some where else.
- Right plants. The more drought tolerant a plant is, the less water it will require, so take some time to ask at your local nursery about plants that virtually look after themselves and require minimal, or no, watering. Use native species as many of them grow and are adapted to the local climate. There are a huge range of native Australian plants that provide nectar to attract native bees and still consume little water.
Don’t limit your eco-friendly ideas to your garden, integrate what you can do into your home. Sky-lights and the use of simple solar collectors are a great way to power light needs in your home, on your veranda or under your carport. Do the right thing and save money at the same time.