Creating a Greener Garden
Making your home more eco-friendly is important, but don’t forget about your backyard. There are so many great ways to make your yard greener. This will not only improve the environment, it can save you money and improve assist your family's health. Here are a green few strategies you can use for your yard.
Synthetic fertilisers create toxic build-ups of arsenic and other chemicals over time. This can leach into the environment, polluting waterways and soil and exposing children and pets to harmful chemicals. Composting is a healthier way to fertilise lawns and gardens, and can reduce rubbish by thousands of kilograms a year.
Use Natural Predators and Pollinators
There is a range of natural predators you can use to keep your garden weed free, reducing the need for toxic pesticides. Cultivate border plants that will attract species like ladybugs and lacewing flies to control aphids and other pests. You should also aim to create a sanctuary for natural pollinators like bees, wasps, and butterflies by planting species they like and eschewing pesticides.
Start a Food Garden
Growing your own garden helps the environment in a multitude of ways, so long as you do it organically. A personal garden will let you drive less for groceries and cut down on pesticides. A garden will also give you the benefits of fresh, nutritious food, exercise, and natural anti-depressants, which are found in soil.
Use a Gas Barbecue
Let’s face it; giving up barbecuing is not an option. In fact, as an Australian, you may get in trouble with the authorities if you refuse to engage in this outdoor ritual. However, avoiding charcoal grill BBQs in favour of gas will reduce your emission of pollutants.
Buy Recycled Furniture
Recycled yard furniture is a fantastic way to save money, make your yard look great, and reduce consumption. Whether you buy new products made with recycled materials, buy used furniture from an op-shop or garage sale, or go out hunting for hard rubbish treasures, the important thing is that it’s recycled. Especially avoid plastic lawn chairs and other non-biodegradable options.
Use Natural Paving Stones
If you want to create paved areas or paths in your backyard, avoid materials like poured cement or asphalt. When choosing eco-friendly hardscaping it’s important to choose materials that are renewable, use little to create, and will last a long time. The best options by far are paving stones; these involve low energy production (especially limestone or travertine pavers), will last for up to 50 years, and can even reduce erosion by funnelling and directing water run-off.
Rainwater is an often overlooked source of water without chlorine and other chemical additives. Simply put out a rain barrel or water tank under your gutters (and make sure they’re clean) then enjoy free water that is great for watering the lawn or as drinking water.
To create a truly complete green garden, you need to start from the ground up. Even the smallest strategies – like using recycled water for your plants – can contribute to a more sustainable yard. To truly start from the ground up, consider the paving stones from Atlas Paving. We can even give you a free quote
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