Here at Dunster House, we are very economically friendly. If you have an eco garden, you are taking a huge step towards reducing your environmental footprint. The majority of eco gardening is easy, from using manual push lawnmowers, planters such as our TruggyWug and raised flower beds like our ChunkyWoods. With a little bit of creativity and patience, your eco garden will soon be thriving.
Here’s how to get the Eco Garden look
The eco garden should not differ much from any other garden. It should be a place where you can relax and enjoy your spare time. A a place that is also environmentally friendly.
Water your plants early in the morning when the sun is at its weakest as, if you water mid afternoon. It reduces the benefit to the plants themselves as the heat will evaporate the water away.
Use rainwater instead of water from the mains. Not only will this reduce your water bill substantially but with Britain getting an abundance of rainwater, you will never go short. You can store water so that you have some spare if there is ever a drought. Plus, you will never have to worry about hosepipe bans again.
To help reduce your water bill dramatically, whilst still having enough water to watch your garden thrive, invest in a water butt. The larger of the water butts can hold 24,000 litres but the more garden friendly ones are around 90 litres. Our 95 litre water butt will hold rainwater meaning you can water your garden frequently without having to worry about water bills.
Improving air circulation
The role of plants, shrubs and trees in your garden is never to be underestimated. They provide the oxygen we need to survive. They remove harmful particles from the air meaning you will have purer air the more you plant. Have you ever driven out into the country, stood on the hills and took a deep breath in? Felt the fresh air on your chest and been completely relaxed. You can easily duplicate that in your garden through the planting of a few trees. Larger trees such as conifers, beech trees and evergreens will not only act as useful shade but will also help improve the quality of the air – very important for built up areas where the air is highly polluted due to the cars driving around and chemical reactions.
Another way to improve air in the garden is through water. As mentioned in my Get the look: Zen Garden post, the benefits of having a water feature are highly documented. The water will increase tranquility within your garden but it also will help improve the quality of the air.
Mulch your borders
We know we have mentioned this a few time before but we really cannot go on about it enough! Mulching your borders with old leaves, wood chippings and compost will not only protect your garden but the environment as well.
Mulching puts a layer of material (leaves, wood chippings etc.) on top of your soil which prevents the water evaporating. If you mulch with organic material, it will break down and put nutrients back into the soil as it breaks down.
This may seem like an obvious one, but we have to mention it, a vegetable patch will not only teach children about growing but will promote pesticide free eating!
Make sure you have an area to relax and enjoy in
You have worked hard to ensure that your garden is environmentally friendly, colourful, bright and wildlife friendly – now enjoy it! Create an area that you and your friends can relax in, one of our summerhouses or arbours are ideal, you can sit around and enjoy the fresh air your garden provides.