Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips For Summer 2019
Posted on June 17, 2019 by Devon Metcalfe
As we prepare to tackle our gardens this summer, it’s a good idea to get into some eco-friendly gardening habits. Though gardening may seem like an environmentally-friendly activity, there are certain practices that can make it harmful for the planet. For example, the use of plastic for plant pots and excessive use of hose water. So, how can we be more kind to the environment? Here are eco-friendly gardening tips for summer 2019:
Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips
Use Fibre or Terracotta Pots
Many garden suppliers are steering away from plastic pots in favour of more environmentally friendly alternatives. Pots and trays made from biodegradable paper, bamboo, grass and wood pulp are now a common sight in many garden centres. Try making your own biodegradable seedling pots. These can then be planted directly into the soil where they will eventually break down.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a bit more sturdy above-ground, then opt for terracotta pots. These Mediterranean-esque pots are a wonderful sight in any garden. Though they may look a bit bare at first, they’re easy to paint to add a splash of colour to your exterior.
Don’t Use Pots at All
Alternatively, how about now using pots at all? Go bare and plant directly into the ground from the roots. Buying bare root plants is arguably one of the best eco-friendly gardening tips, as it does away with the need for plastic pots altogether. Some nursery’s offer plastic-free packaging, so its worth checking out your local shops for more information.
Use Less Water
One of the best eco-friendly gardening tips is to choose drought tolerant plants that can withstand drier conditions. This way, you won’t need to use as much water for your garden. Careful plant planning now will pay off later. Plants such as lavender, sedum and pelargoniums can all do without lashings of water. Once established, roses and many shrubs are also drought-tolerant.
Install a Water Butt
If you can’t imagine your garden without your favourite water-loving plants, then an easy swap from the garden hose is a water butt! They will collect lots of rainwater to fill your watering cans many times over, leaving your garden watered and healthy. Rainwater is also actually better for your plants than hose water, so there are many benefits all round!
Use Sustainable Tools
Garden tools are by no means single-use items, but if you want to cut down on your plastic use even more then try wooden handled tools. If you choose tools with FSC-certified wooden handles then you’re already taking a great leap towards an eco-friendly garden. And don’t worry about them being ruined by the weather, you can keep them looking good as new with some linseed oil that will help preserve the handles.
Use Mulch on Flower Beds
Spreading a layer of slate, pebbles or stone chippings on the surface of flower beds will help to retain the moisture in the soil. Apply mulch in mid to late spring, once the ground has had a change to warm up and while there is still plenty of moisture in the soil.