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Guide To Creating A Garden That Helps The Environment
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Everybody has different ideas about what it means to help the environment, especially when it comes to the garden. There is no right or wrong answer but you could make a huge difference just by perhaps making a small change to your own garden. Having an environmentally friendly garden doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to compromise on your own personal style. Whether you like a classic garden full of flowers and plants and wildlife or perhaps you are more suited to a more sparsely decorated contemporary style there are ways to achieve your look in an environmentally sustainable way.

Creating a classic eco-friendly haven for wildlife

This may sound like a daunting task but in actual fact it is simpler than you may think. Firstly, instead of limiting yourself to just a few plants, try instead growing a wide range of fruits and vegetables as well as ornamental plants.

Few people realise that they do very little to help any ecosystem. As well as often requiring chemicals to flourish, lawn mowers also high amounts of greenhouse gases which only add to the long term effects of global warming. Replacing a grass lawn with native wild flowers, bushes and trees will help to provide food shelter and cover that will encourage life to flourish.

Being Conscious of Materials

A great way around providing wooden structures in your garden is to use reclaimed railway sleepers. Using wooden sleepers is a great way to recycle wood and it also gives the garden a great rustic look. They can be used to create a whole range of structures, such as raised flower beds, patio furniture and sandpits and they make great garden dividers. They are also incredibly durable and will last as long as you need them for without needing further treatment.

Another innovative use of recycled materials has come about recently in the form of rubber mulch made from shredded tyres. Unlike mulch made from bark the rubber does not break down and disappear into the soil. It also does not hold onto vital rainwater which is an extremely important consideration at the moment. It also has the added benefit of acting as an excellent frost protector in winter and a temperature stabiliser in the summer. It can also come in a range of different colours as can be coloured with an organic pigment which makes it a great addition to a garden, flower bed or play area.

Try a Whole New Approach

Xeriscaping is an approach to landscaping that minimises outdoor water use but still maintains the integrity of the soil. They key to xeriscaping is to use drought tolerant plants. The key is to find plants that fit with the climate in your garden which will make them use only the appropriate amount of water which will in turn make them low maintenance for you. Xeriscaping projects also often use rock and stone features which help to fill the space up with interesting shapes and textures and minimises the amount of plant life that requires water.


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