When it comes to eco-friendly gardening, the key is to focus on practices that cause no harm to the environment. And let’s not forget about the benefits of eco-friendly garden designs such as boosting water quality and ensuring a safer environment for nature’s creatures.
As it’s the perfect time for all to go a little ‘greener’ these days, let’s take a look at 10 ways in which you can start planting your eco-friendly garden today.
1. Recycle and reuse materials
Using recycled materials in your garden path, furnishings and other elements allows you the opportunity to add creativity, character, and charm to your outdoor space. To help you decide on the proper materials, look to your house’s existing design style. A more traditional/Victorian house will look splendid with a new terrace crafted from old hand-made bricks picked up at a reclamation yard, for example.
2. Be wise with water
To use as little water as possible, remove your sprinkler systems or set them on a timer. Where possible, use recycled rainwater for your plants (by directing your roof’s downpipe to a rain barrel) instead of watering them from a tap.
3. Grow your own food
Planting and growing your own veggies and fruits not only reduces environmental impact, but also tastes better and is healthier. Depending on your yard’s size, consider planting some carrots, potatoes, apples, and more.
But remember that it’s important to attract insects to your garden as well (like aloes and Cape violet, which both attract bees), as pollinators are vital for optimum plant growth.
4. Plant indigenous plants to support wildlife
Distributing indigenous South African plants in your garden not only makes growing other plants and foods easier, but also helps to attract (and repel) the right kind of creatures.
Rosemary, lavender, artichokes, and cabbages are just some of the edible plants popular in South African gardens. And don’t forget to scatter some herbs and insect-repelling plants around like marigolds, petunias, mint, basil, etc.
5. Reduce your energy use
How much electricity goes into your garden? Did you know using solar-powered lights and water features can help to store energy (produced by sunlight) and release it when necessary, thereby severely slashing your electricity bill?
Best of all? They are available in various styles and sizes and are quite easy to install – thus, no worries if you haven’t brought a professional Landscape Designer onboard your garden project.