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Climate change and environmental issues are rightly near the top of everyone’s agenda these days. With all of us spending more time in our gardens, thoughts have naturally gravitated for some of us to how we can prepare the family garden in an environmentally friendly way? It may not be the most significant green issue facing the world right now, but every little effort we can make ensures we are part of the solution rather than the problem.
Avoid Artificial Products
Any artificial garden product is likely to have adverse environmental impacts when compared to organic and natural alternatives. There are two ways this is possible; the materials themselves, and the manufacturing process. Take artificial grass, which has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and it is constructed using plastic, which is a big problem and has a very energy-intensive production process.
When choosing how to garden, whether to go organic is an interesting discussion. How damaging are chemical fertilizers compared to biological counterparts? Organic fertilizer releases less harmful products into the soil and is more beneficial to the nutrient balance of the soil, and they help it remain healthy over the longer term. It is cheaper and can be produced at home, so it saves money as well. The only argument against is the convenience factor of artificial fertilizers.
Keeping your lawn in check can have a very substantial environmental benefit. Maintaining a good and regular maintenance routine means that you are not likely to have to engage in the disruptive and costly process of relaying a lawn every few years.
Growing your own vegetables is an excellent green effort for two main reasons. Firstly, it is good for the soil and ensures, as we discussed above, that there is a good nutritional balance in the ground, and this has obvious benefits for the garden. Secondly, it provides food for the family table, and you’re not going to find anything else to eat that has fewer food miles on it. It’s not possible, of course, to provide all of your food this way but any little extra can only be good. You can get a good handle on what grows in what season as we have lost the knowledge that food naturally has seasons due to everything being constantly available at supermarkets at any time of year.
It’s an easily overlooked fact that the way we grow our gardens is not necessarily a natural way for plants to grow or even a mix of flowers and others that are native to our lands. To redress this balance, many of us are looking to plant wildflower gardens and meadows in our own gardens. The benefits of this include that birds and insects are drawn to the area and this is not only beautiful to look at but is excellent for the biodiversity of the country and can stop the decline of native species.
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