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Grand Designs Live Special: A Guide To Eco-Friendly Gardening

Make your garden extra green with this useful guide

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We’re all aware we should try our best to help protect the environment. Whether this entails recycling, washing our clothes at a lower temperature or installing energy-efficient light bulbs, lots of us strive to live an eco-friendly life where possible.

This said, many homeowners forget this approach can also be applied to our gardens in order to make them less wasteful and more sustainable for future generations.

Luckily, making your garden extra green is neither costly nor difficult, it just takes a little time to put these measures into place. Having said this, the results are immensely rewarding, so there’s no excuse not to transform your garden into an ecological haven this Autumn.

Create Your Own Compost:
One of the most popular ways of maintaining an eco-friendly garden is to make your own compost. Not only is this an excellent way of adding nutrients to the soil, it also prevents a vast volume of waste going to landfill.

Lots of materials are perfectly biodegradable, such as shredded paper, fruit and vegetable scraps, lawn clippings and coffee grounds.

Why not start composting today and watch how your wastage quantity disappears whilst your plants flourish? 

Use Sustainable Solar Power:
Swap bothersome cables, electricity usage and pricey bills for solar-powered lighting and water features. Not only is the sun’s energy 100% free, it’s reliable and completely renewable, making it a winner for eco-approved gardens.

If you need some inspiration, our blog post about Solar-Powered Water Features is sure to provide plenty of ideas. 

Collect Renewable Rainwater:
Did you know a staggering 100,000 litres of rainwater falls on the average home’s roof each year and almost all of this water goes straight down the drain? Collecting your own rainwater not only reduces the pressure placed on water supplies, plants actually prefer rainwater as tap water can be too ‘chalky.’

All you need to begin harvesting your own rainwater is a large water container, available from all good gardening centres.

Welcome Wildlife:
Bees, birds, butterflies and mammals all play a vital role in the biodiversity of our gardens so it’s important to encourage these to inhabit our outside space whenever we can. One simple way this can be achieved is by allowing a patch of lawn to grow freely.

This provides sought-after shelter for small mammals such as wood mice, voles, shrews, and even food for some butterfly caterpillars. Another idea is to use a pile of stones to create a welcome retreat for hibernating reptiles and amphibians. Position at the back of borders or behind sheds for an extra safe sanctuary. 

Grow Your Own:
Keep chemicals off your plate, prevent soil erosion and save energy by growing your own fruit and veg from the convenience of your garden.

If you're worried that you need a vast plot of land to grow your own produce, fear not! Even the most compact of spaces can yield a flavoursome crop, with patios, terraces and sunny windowsills providing the ideal environment for fruit and veg to flourish. 

Abandon Air Conditioning:
Last but not least, the installation of a patio awning or canopy can help keep your carbon footprint to a minimum.

As our patio awnings reduce all solar heat gain whilst naturally cooling the adjoining room, this reduces the demand for interior air conditioning, offering a sustainable and eco-approved solution to keeping you cool.

Furthermore, they help protect, prolong and enhance the use of your terrace 365 days a year, making our awnings the ideal addition to your ozone-friendly garden.

To find out more about our full range of products, fill in an enquiry form today or come and say hello at Grand Designs Live where we will be exhibiting at stand G230 in the Grand Gardens Hall.