How Eco Friendly is your Garden?

Sunday, 29 November 2015  |  Admin

There are plenty of ways to be eco-friendly and it's not all about living a low carbon lifestyle - although, obviously, that helps! Encouraging ecological diversity is also a great way for you to help protect the planet. Most of us have a garden or some kind of outdoor space and this is a great place to start - just like charity, ecology begins at home.

Let it bee

Lots of scientists are very worried about the dwindling bee population both here in the UK and around the world. No-one is quite sure why it's happening, but pesticides have been cited as a possible reason for bee populations being in decline.

We don't love chemical pesticides much, and there are plenty of natural alternatives - salt can ward off slugs and ladybirds are great at taking out greenfly. You can also help by planting lots of flowers for bees to enjoy, and it has the added benefit of brightening up your garden!

Au natural

By making your garden too manicured you could be limiting the natural habitats available within it. You probably don't want an actual wilderness in your back garden either, but there are a few easy steps you can take to make it more wildlife friendly.

Swap your border plants for wildflower seeds and allow the borders to grow naturally; don't sweep up all of the fallen leaves in the autumn and leave some fallen fruit for the local birds to enjoy.

Reuse everything

It's not just cardboard and bottles you can recycle; leftover food can become chicken feed, nutrient-rich compost or even go in your wormery to help you to get the most from what you eat; you'll find it cuts down on other costs like chicken pellets and bags of compost too!

If you're looking to create a garden that's as eco-friendly as your home, take a look at some of the brilliant eco products available in our online store. There are plenty of wildlife homes and hideouts that would also make great gifts this Christmas - or you could just treat yourself!