As warm weather approaches, it is time to start tending to your garden, where you will be spending time bathing in the sun, surrounded by beautiful colors and scents. But your garden has the potential to be more than just a recreational place. This year, why not consider transforming your back yard into an eco-friendly oasis to help the environment?
An eco-friendly garden does not necessarily mean an untamed jungle where you can barely see the ground. By using ethically-sourced materials and carefully choosing which plants you are adding to your garden, you can transform even the most contemporary landscape project into an environmentally friendly haven.
How? Contact a landskapsarkitekttjenester to help you out, or start by following the tips below and let your creativity run wild.
Use recycled materials
The best thing to do if you want to reduce pollution is to reuse and recycle as much as you can. In the garden, this couldn’t be easier. You can use hardwood pallets to build interesting back yard furniture or even a plant wall to hang pots. Use leftover buckets, pipes or any other objects that can be transformed into plant pots, repaint them and hang them around for a one-of-a-kind project.
“You can reuse leftover construction materials, such as bricks or pebble stones to make a garden path. Contact your local construction material supplier and see if they have any left around.” Advises a landskapsarkitekt.
Consider collecting water
Water is the most important resource in the world, and spring is usually a rainy season, so why not put rainwater to good use? Install a butt on every downpipe you have and place some wooden barrels to collect it. They fit perfectly into the landskapsarkitektur, no matter the style of your garden.
A few large barrels are enough to water a big garden, plus plants love rainwater more than anything. Avoid using a sprinkler in the garden, as it only wastes water. Go for the classic hose and water your plants at the roots, without wasting it on the leaves or areas that don’t need to be watered. You can even use the leftover water to clean your car or other things around the house.
Cut back on chemicals
Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are extremely harmful to the environment, as well as for humans. Avoid using them for as much as possible and consider green alternatives such as:
- Use a strong jet of water to make greenflies go away
- Use a home-made leaf spray with garlic, rhubarb, and elder to control pests
- Add a few birdhouses to attract birds that help keep harmful insects away
- Learn to make compost and use it to repel weeds and fertilize plants
- Learn about companion planting and grow certain plants next to each other for mutual benefits.
Attract and nurture wildlife
No, I’m not saying you should start drawing bears or foxes to your garden, but insects and birds are very much in danger right now, as they have little and little plants to feed on. Consider planting flowers that attract bees, such as catmint, lavender, or any “open-face” blooms.