Thinking about greening your garden? Sustainable gardening works with nature by only taking actions that benefit it, or at least cause minimal harm. Designing an eco-friendly garden takes a little more work and innovation, but the results are worth it. By growing native plants, installing a natural swimming pool, and using eco-friendly furniture, you can increase the sustainability of your garden and make it a beautiful, thriving addition to your home.
A native plant is one that’s found naturally in the local environment — rather than exotic ones that require extra care to thrive. Not only are they beautiful, native plants are also low-maintenance. As long as you match the right plants to the right locations in your garden — meaning they have ideal sunlight, soil, and draining — they’ll pretty much take care of themselves. Native plants also require little to no pesticides, so you’re not at risk of developing allergies.
Conventional pools come with a big environmental footprint. What with evaporation, chemicals, leaks, and energy consumption, the total resources required are quite staggering. Moreover, chlorine can pose a risk to your health and it’s better to avoid using it. Make your pool safe and sustainable by installing a natural one or transforming your existing pool into a natural one. Natural pools rely on reed-bed filtration systems and aquatic plants to cleanse and purify the water. You can also cover your pool to reduce evaporation and slash your water bill.
Opt for garden furniture made from certified-sustainable wood. Alternatively, reclaimed wood ensures maximum resource efficiency as it’s derived from old furniture or factory scraps — basically utilizing wood already in existence; so new trees aren’t cut down. Moreover, you can even get creative and repurpose old items to create new furniture or features in your garden. An old tree stump, for example, can be used as a decorative seat.
Finally, give your garden furniture that beautiful, natural weathered look and avoid painting it every year with toxic chemicals. Simply apply varnish every few years to protect the wood. While there are many more things you can do to make your garden eco-friendly, starting small with the above ideas is a great place to begin. From there, you can gradually keep making changes to turn your garden into as much of an eco-friendly haven as you’d like!
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