These days there are hundreds of smart ideas about incorporating more eco-friendly designs and systems into a backyard’s landscape design. We have chosen a couple of the simplest and best things you can do in order to have a more sustainable garden.
Top Tips For Making Your Garden ‘Green’
1. Hard-scape the backyard
Reduce how much natural grass your home has by hard-scaping the backyard. If your current garden is taken up by large patches of grass, then you might want to put in an alternative surface to replace it that doesn’t consume fertilisers and water, like stone pavers, timber decking or concrete.
2. Go Native
A proven way to eco-landscape your garden is to mimic its natural surroundings. A guaranteed way to ensure that your backyard will provide you with long-term benefits is to build a backyard that is compatible with its natural surroundings. A native plants guide is something that can help you select the right plants for your local area.
Since native plants are adapted to their local climate, they are hardy during times when there are conditions such as floods, frost and drought. Remember that ecosystems do vary widely across Australia. Therefore, plants that are native to the tropics of Queensland will not likely survive in Victoria unless you give them a lot of continuous care.
The best thing you can do to ensure you have the appropriate indigenous flora to plant in your backyard is to go to an indigenous plant nursery located close to you. Those nurseries have a tendency to sell a wide range of different native plants that can thrive in your local neighbourhood.
The biggest advantage that native plants offer is that after they have been put into the ground, they are practically ready to flourish without any help, meaning you are creating a beautiful native garden that can thrive long into the future without you having to give it a lot of help.
We have a tendency for going for the easy fix through purchasing fertilisers at a local hardware store. However, it is possible to create nutrient-rich soil yourself through the use of a homemade compost. You just take food scraps that come from the kitchen as well as organic materials from the garden and in no time you will have healthy fertiliser to use in your garden.
Composting is excellent, You get a lot more from your groceries when you eat your vegetables and fruits, reuse the scraps, reduce the waste, and save money all at the same time.
4. Make plant groups according to what their needs are
This is referred to as xeriscaping or zoning, and is a trend that is very popular all over the world right now. Zoning involves grouping plants together according to what their maintenance needs are.
It is a simple idea. Have plants that need a lot of water kept separate from more drought-resistant ones so that your garden can be watered accordingly, and you can give extra attention to the parts of your garden that really need it. This is a great way to reduce the amount of water that use and waste.
5. Choose outdoor lights that are energy-efficient
Replacing the light globes around your house with ones that are more energy-efficient is a common things to do. However, have you ever considered your outdoor lights?
These days there are numerous eco-friendly lighting solutions that are available. So whether you are creating mood lighting, illuminating your back and front entrances or lining the walkways and driveway, consider LED or solar powered lights instead of older options.