Building a sustainable garden

You may have heard of sustainable gardening and why it is a hot topic and is becoming a trend, especially recently. If you are wondering what it is and whether you should build a sustainable garden, you should keep reading. Our Bury landscape gardeners know a thing or two about building a sustainable garden, and it is a lot easier than it sounds once you know the basics.

Before we go into how you can join the world of sustainable gardening, we should tell you exactly what it is. It is the concept of using practices to maintain a garden whilst doing minor damage to natural resources such as land and water. You would, for example, lower or completely exclude the use of chemicals to keep healthy soil and conserve drinking water by collecting rainwater. The ultimate goal is to meet the garden's needs by using natural resources without exhausting them for future generations and causing the least amount of ecological damage possible.

This may sound difficult, but building a sustainable garden can be easily achieved. Here are a few things you can do.

Say no to chemicals; use natural pesticides!

Say no to chemicals; use natural pesticides!

You have a beautiful garden, and suddenly, you have an issue with pests or weeds. You don't want the problem to get out of control, so it is easy to tackle it with chemicals. There is a vast array of chemicals on the market that, more often than not, will solve your issue in no time, and they don't cost the world, either. It's a simple and quick solution, and we don't often think about its implications because we cannot see its negative impact. All we see is the chemicals solving our short-term problems; in reality, they create long-term issues we aren't considering.

Our Bury landscape gardeners understand how precious your outdoor space is to you; however, chemicals aren't as great as they seem. Pesticides or fertilisers seep into the ground and impact plants and crops. It isn't just the plants that are impacted by the chemicals. Insects such as bees and butterflies are killed, but it doesn't just stop there. Pesticides designed to kill mice will subsequently kill birds if they eat the mouse killed by the poison. Rather than encouraging wildlife into your garden, chemicals will actively deter them from it. 

You can use natural pesticides if you are having trouble with garden pests. The great thing is that most of these natural pesticide mixes are made from ingredients you probably already have in your home! So it is easy to make and non-toxic to humans, which is especially helpful if you have little children running around. 

Spray your plants that have been infected by mites, whiteflies, insect larvae, and other soft-bodied insects. This will eliminate the insects but won't negatively impact the rest of the environment. All you need is a spray bottle filled with a quarter of warm water, one tablespoon of oil and two teaspoons of natural liquid soap. 

Conserve drinking water by collecting rainwater

Conserve drinking water by collecting rainwater

Everyone knows that a garden, especially one filled with flowers, requires a lot of water. Our water supply isn't infinite, so alternative watering solutions are essential to building a sustainable garden.

There are many easy ways to conserve water. The simplest way is through collecting rainwater. This can be done by setting up barrels to catch the water as it falls from the sky. The water can be stored in these barrels until used, and these barrels take no time to install. Don't worry; they don't need to be placed in the middle of your garden for everyone to see. Our Bury landscape gardeners can incorporate them into your garden design.

Besides having free-standing barrels, you can collect rainwater from your roof. This requires more installation and involves guttering and a downpipe from your roof; however, you can collect thousands of litres of rainwater a year depending on the size of your roof, collection tank and, of course, the amount of rainfall. 

Passively harvesting water is a great way to building a sustainable garden and maintain it. In addition, you can opt for mulch rather than purely hard landscaping, as it is easier for moisture to soak into the soil. This means the soil will need to be watered less as it naturally takes in more moisture. There are many different mulch options for sustainable landscaping available. You could include shredded bark, cocoa bean hulls, pine needles and grass clippings in your garden.

Have a zero-waste garden by creating compost

Zero-waste garden by creating compost

When building a sustainable garden, you want it to thrive, especially without adding chemical fertilisers that will harm the environment. Instead, you can create your compost. It is entirely free, easy and good for the environment.

Compost is also known as black gold because it turns household waste into a nutrient-dense material that your garden flourishes on. You can add grass clippings, deadheaded flowers, egg shells, coffee grounds and more to create your natural fertiliser. There aren't many rules to composting; however, one thing to be aware of is that all compostable materials are either carbon or nitrogen-based. To create healthy compost, you should aim to keep a healthy balance between the two.

Our landscape gardeners in Bury have a lot of experience creating gardens of many kinds, so they can give you tips on your next project, whether building a sustainable garden or a complete garden transformation. Get in touch with Bury Landscapes today, and we will be happy to help!

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