How to Make Your Garden More Environmentally-Friendly
With every day that passes, humans manage to press the environment into an ever-more precarious position. Global warming is inextricably tied to human activity (as many as 97% of all researchers will testify to that fact). Rising sea levels have already accounted for several low-lying islands, displacing the populations there as a result. Without a shift in attitude towards global warming and a sustained collective effort to slow or even stop its progression, it won’t be long before the planet is left in an irretrievably dire state.
Taking steps to make our gardens more environmentally-friendly is one simple way we can all signal our intent to tackle global warming properly. From minor changes like growing native species instead of foreign ones, to more all-encompassing approaches like xeriscaping, we will cover some of the most effective changes you can make to your garden to help the environment.
Not as labor intensive as you might expect, harvesting rainwater requires little more than placing a bucket outside and watching, as it fills with a completely free source of water. There are however, slightly more advanced ways to go about this. One of the most popular of which is to install a water butt. Connect it to the most convenient downpipe on your property and you’ll always have an extra source of water ready and waiting. The collected rainwater will be without any of the alkaline acidity or limescale deposits that sometimes plague hard mains water, making it ideal for watering your garden.
An increasingly popular alternative to the real thing, artificial grass is an option worth considering for the environmentally conscious - especially when today’s technology allows for near immaculate replications of natural lawn. Unlike natural grass, artificial or fake grass requires very little in the way of maintenance, which makes artificial lawn fitters like Lawrence Lawns so popular. Artificial grass doesn’t need any water and it also doesn’t need mowing, edging, aerating or scarifying, rendering all of the equipment that fulfills these roles - and the energy that they consume in doing so - unnecessary.
Regardless of their water and energy-saving capabilities, it is important to note that in opting for artificial grass in lieu of natural grass, you rid the planet of a photosynthesising - and therefore carbon consuming - force. Carbon emissions are the driving force behind global warming and any opportunity to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere should be embraced.
Xeriscaping, a newly minted approach to environmentally conscious gardening, has only risen to prominence in the last decade. Concerned with keeping water usage to an absolute minimum, there are many tenets of xeriscaping worth integrating into your own approach to gardening. Growing only native species is one of the most useful. By cultivating native species, you only grow plants that are perfectly suited to the local climate, irrespective of human involvement. Only populated by plants that don’t need supplementary aid, the amount of water your garden consumes can be cut dramatically.
Putting even a few of these tips for your garden into practice will help combat global warming, and that is something to be admired.