Published on October 25th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
How to Master the Green Garden
The term “green garden” might sound somewhat ridiculous as after all, that’s what pretty much everyone in the world wants. Of course, we’re not talking about the literal version here, but more so the eco side of green gardens.
When domestic sustainability is spoken about, it’s often associated with energy efficient appliances and having the appropriate amount of insulation installed. Little is usually said about the garden, and this is where today’s article enters the picture.
As such, we will now take a look at some of the best suggestions you can implement to make your garden greener.
Focus on the quality of your soil
Don’t be tempted to get “only the best” soil. In short, this needs to be combined with compost or well-rotted manure. One of the reasons your garden will require so much lawn fertilization is because the quality of the soil means that there is more risk of pests and diseases occurring. If you can improve the quality, by digging in sufficient amounts of compost, you’ll soon find that things start to grow a lot better. Of course, you might still need to tap into fertilization products to provide that lush, green appearance, but in terms of diseases there should be far fewer to contend with.
Be shrewd with your plant choices
Once you have your soil in order, it’s time to be shrewd with the type of plants that you choose.
In short, there are plants that are friendlier to the environment than others. In fact, some would even suggest that this might be your biggest eco-friendly implementation yet.
Plants have the role of providing shelter for various elements of your garden, and wildlife, as well as providing food for some of this wildlife. They don’t have to be the stereotypical plants either; for example, ivy growing up
the side of a house doesn’t just look the part, it can provide nectar during the autumn and winter months when it is generally in short supply.
The art of water conservation
If we move onto a slightly different topic, water conservation is something that can make a monumental difference to your green garden. Simply installing a butt at the bottom of downpipes can collect a considerable amount of water, and allow you to maintain your garden without the dreaded hosepipe and mains water combination.
If you really want to go to town with this, consider integrating the butts to your home. In other words, they can be used to flush toilets and all sorts of tasks that can really make a difference in your overall water consumption.
Opt for permeable paving
If we stay on the topic of water, you should think twice about the material you use for paving as well. One of the big problems with a lot of gardens is that they have a lot of concrete. This results in water running off, and potentially flooding nearby areas.
Bearing this in mind, always turn to permeable paving. This is something that can allow water to soak away, and help to alleviate any flood risks.
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