It’s no secret that the world is becoming increasingly damaged by human life. The number of landfill sites is increasing, the ice caps are melting, and more and more animals are going extinct if something doesn’t change soon the world that we know and love will cease to exist, and that is an extremely upsetting concept.
If you’re the kind of person who cares about the world and the environment in which we live, the idea of losing the world or vast areas of it due to our actions may upset you. The good news is that it’s not too late to do something about climate change, deforestation, and the melting of the polar ice caps, it’s just a case of being willing to take steps that will allow you to lead a life that is as minimally damaging on the environment as possible.
Take your garden, for instance, if the time has come to revamp your outdoor space, it’s important to consider how you can do so in the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly way possible. Wondering what you can do to create a garden that is more eco-friendly? Then have a read of this!
Be selective about what you’re planting
For a truly environmentally-friendly garden, it’s essential that you are selective about what you are planting. An eco-friendly garden is a garden that welcomes all kinds of wildlife to it, from the birds and the bees to wild rabbits and ladybirds. Of course, to create an eco-friendly garden it’s essential to plant a range of wildlife-friendly plants - not all plants encourage wildlife to flock to your garden, but certain types of plants will do.
If you want to encourage wildlife to utilise your garden, it’s essential that you’re smart about what you’re planting. If you want to attract lots of flying insects, such as bees and ladybirds, plant a pretty garden of sunflowers, daisies, and marigolds, the brighter the better. A great way to encourage more wildlife to take shelter in your garden is to create a nature zone where you allow wildflowers and grasses to grow undisturbed. This can be a fenced off area so that it doesn’t impact the aesthetic appeal of the rest of your garden, but it’s an important aspect to add to your home.
Choose the perfect patio
Every garden needs a patio or a decked area, but when it comes to building a sustainable, eco-friendly place, it’s essential that you carefully think this design feature through. When it comes to selecting patio builders, it’s crucial that you look at which companies are able to offer you a patio design where the environment is taken into account.
What this means is choosing a patio company (or decking company) that uses eco-friendly, sustainable materials to create their outdoor patioed or decked areas. You can use reclaimed slate and wood, for instance, that can ensure that your outdoor space is as sustainable as possible.
Be mindful of the materials you’re using
When it comes to designing other aspects of your garden, from your pergola to your fencing and everything in between, it’s essential that you think carefully about the materials that you are incorporating into your garden. The fact is that if you are willing to take the time to think carefully about your home and it’s exterior design and what that means for the environment, then you can create a space that is truly environmentally-friendly.
What you want to do is look for items such as reclaimed wood outdoor furniture, for instance. You can also pick out recycled wood fencing, and various other wood aspects of your garden can be made from eco-friendly wood, such as reclaimed or recycled wood. If you’re unsure where to buy these kinds of items from, it’s worth taking the time to have a browse online as there are some amazing websites that offer these kinds of items. Another option is, of course, to head to your local junk yard and reclaim old and unwanted items yourself and upcycle them, to create beautiful pieces for your garden that are truly sustainable.
Pick solar power
Want to decorate your home’s outdoor space with a little bit of light? Instead of incorporating electric outdoor lighting, why not go greener and use solar power lighting? Did you know that if you opt to use solar power lighting, not only will you be aiding the environment and reducing your carbon footprint, but you will also be saving yourself money? That’s right, solar power lighting might cost more to purchase but in the long run, it will save you a lot of money, so it’s most definitely a worthwhile investment to make.
Not only can you purchase large outdoor solar lights for your garden, but also strings of cute, quirky fairy lights. So whatever the style of your garden and the lighting you want to incorporate, you should be able to do that with solar lights. It’s just a case of finding the best options for your outdoor space.
Don’t be afraid to add a touch of luxury
If you love the idea of creating a more luxurious garden, but without compromising on how eco-friendly it is, it’s important to know what steps you need to take to create this kind of space.
For instance, say you love the idea of adding a hot tub to your garden, then you might have only seen the hot tubs that are heated by electric power. However, what you should know is that there are plenty of more eco-friendly hot tubs available, such as fire-heated hot tubs and solar powered hot tubs that you can choose from.
So there you have it, everything that you need to know about creating a more eco-friendly garden for your home. While it’s not always easy to know how to go about this, the tips and ideas above should help to give you some of the inspiration that you need. Still in need of a little more inspiration? Then why not head over to Pinterest and have a browse - there are plenty of ideas for designing more eco-friendly gardens on there, so it’s most definitely worth having a browse!