With human actions threatening more and more areas on our planet on a daily basis, it’s not all too surprising that many of us are doing our best to counteract global warming and adopt more eco-friendly ways of living. Most of the actions that we carry out are focused inside of our homes: using less energy, wasting less water, recycling and using as few non-renewable items as possible. But what about our back gardens? These are most likely the closest green spaces to us, but we still neglect them. It’s time to start showing your garden a little love. Not only can you benefit the plants, flowers, and trees that have taken root on your private property, but you can also make tweaks and alterations that will see it grow into an environmentally friendly haven. Here are a few things to try out.
Use Renewable Materials
There are so many alterations that you can make to your garden to make it a more organized, comfortable and visually pleasing area. You might be planning on creating a space where you can sit comfortably and entertain guests. You might consider creating outdoor storage to store bikes, tools and gardening equipment away in. Whatever your plans, try to bring them to fruition using as many renewable materials as possible. Plastic is an environmental nightmare, with many types not being biodegradable and difficult to recycle. You don’t want features to head to the landfill once they’ve been used to their full extent. When creating decking and sheds, opt for natural materials. Use high-quality woods like those provided by George Hill Timber. These are naturally rot-resistant, are renewable and can be put to endless alternative uses once you no longer need them.
Install Bird Feeders
Birds are extremely efficient at sourcing their own food. However, it’s always nice to lend a helping hand, especially during tougher and colder months during the winter when food is more scarce. Place the feeder in a spot that is easily visible and accessible. You won’t bring any wildlife near if they are unaware that you are offering them food. Then fill it with healthy goodies. Different species have different dietary requirements, so the more varied your offerings, the wider the array of birds that will visit. You can put household scraps in, such as bruised fruit (especially berries, apples and pears) or pastry and bread crumbs. If you are planning on buying bird food, opt for mixes containing peanuts, seeds, maize, and millet. It also extremely helpful to supply birds with a source of water, both for drinking and bathing in. This can be left in a bird bath.
Install Bird Houses
If you fancy going the extra mile for your avian friends, you can also offer them a place to rest and nest by installing one or more birdhouses in your garden. These are relatively cheap and widely available. It should be made of untreated wood and held together with galvanized screws, which will create the best seal, protecting you fine feathered friends from the elements. The base should have drainage holes, which will allow any water that does enter the structure to drain away. Add a sloped roof to protect the contents from the elements and you’re good to go.
Just these few small steps can help you to reduce your footprint on the environment and also provide nourishment, hydration, and shelter to a few local critters at the same time. So why wait? Start your journey towards creating an eco-friendly garden today.