People are becoming more environmentally conscious in many areas of their lives, and this includes their gardens. While gardens are lovely places to relax, they aren’t always good for the environment, and can waste a lot of water, or require dangerous chemicals for upkeep. That’s why it’s important to find ways to make your garden more environmentally-friendly, and just a few small, low-maintenance changes make a big difference.

Get rid of pests the natural way

The best way to get rid of slugs, snails, caterpillars, and other plant-eating pests is to encourage birds into your garden. If you’re having backyard landscaping in Perth, then there are a few designs you can choose that’ll bring birds to your garden, including:

  • Leaving a variety of food out, from bird feeders with seed to fat balls
  • Adding a bird bath or water feature where they can drink
  • Planting shrubs with berries, or other varieties that birds enjoy
  • Creating a nesting space and avoiding cutting trees or bushes in spring

If the birds aren’t enough, then you can set up natural traps, avoiding the use of harsh anti-pest chemicals. Sink pots into the group with a little bit of beer or milk to trap slugs, or hang a false nest in your garden to deter wasps, as they are territorial and won’t build a nest if they think one is already around.

Use plants that work with your type of soil

Using the wrong type of plants for your soil means you’ll waste a lot of time, energy, and water trying to get them to grow. If you are having your garden re-designed, then it’s worth finding someone with local knowledge, such as a landscape designer in Perth, as they’ll know what the soil conditions are going to be like, and what works best.

In the Perth area, lots of gardens have sandy soils, which can be difficult to work with. There’s a limited number of plants that thrive in sandy soil, with shrubs and bulbs most likely to survive. However, if you want a greater choice, then a raised garden can be one option. It means that you can grow a wider variety of plants, and it’s eco-friendly as less watering is needed, and there’s plenty of drainage so even beginners can see their gardens grow. Raised gardens are also space saving, so excellent for city dwellers.

Find plants that complement each other

Companion planting means planting varieties that complement each other closely together. A classic example of this is garlic and roses, with the garlic serving as a natural pest repellent, and blending in nicely with rose bushes. Putting plants close to each other can help avoid pests, and means tall plants can shade sun-sensitive plants, and stronger varieties have the ability to protect more pest-prone plants. If you are looking at landscape design in Perth, then it’s worth speaking to your designer about companion planting, and working out which plants should be close together for a natural boost.

Add a compost bin

Compost is an excellent way to fertilise your garden, and it helps create nutrients that are beneficial for plants. It’s also good for the environment in general, as it means there’s less waste going into the bin. Some things that make excellent compost include:

  • Shredded paper
  • Garden waste such as lawn trimmings and weeds
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Egg shells
  • Tea leaves and coffee grounds

Avoid putting food scraps into the bin, especially meat and fish, as these can attract pests.

Water efficiently

Areas such as Perth are prone to droughts, and it’s important to think about how much water you’re using in your garden. For starters, adding a rainwater and waste water collection is a great way to water your garden, and saves you money on your water bill.

It’s also worth thinking about the way you water your garden, as using a hose can be wasteful and inefficient. If you are looking at new backyard designs in Perth, then it’s worth considering adding an irrigation system that waters without waste. For example, you can add sub-surface drip lines, which are placed under the soil, so water is directed straight to the root of the plant. This means on hot days, there’s no evaporation, so less water is needed. Targeted drippers can also help, as more water is given to the plants that need it, rather than having a sprinkler that just waters indiscriminately.

Homeowners in Perth could also consider adding rain sensors, which are ideal for the winter months. They can measure how much rain has fallen that day, and adjust accordingly. This means that between June and August, not much water will need to be used.

Re-use and recycle

Whether it’s garden bed edging or outdoor furniture, opt for recycled materials where you can, and repair rather than replace things. Many people buy cheap, plastic furniture for the garden, which soon gets cracked and broken, meaning it goes to landfill. However, wooden furniture can be re-stained and varnished, and if treated properly, will last year after year. You can often sell old furniture through second hand sites, or take it to recycling centres, which means you can keep things out of landfill.

Reclaimed materials can look great in gardens, from railway sleepers to vintage tiles, so visit a builders’ yard or look for some design inspiration online before buying things brand new.

Bring a designer on-board

Every garden is unique, from the soil to the shade, so the best way to ensure it is eco-friendly is to have it professionally designed. Using a garden designer in Perth means that your garden can be designed to use minimal water or harmful chemicals, and will suit your lifestyle. Landscaped gardens can also be designed to be low maintenance, which means you spend less time in the garden, but can enjoy a beautiful outdoor space.

Instant Gardens in Perth can help you create the eco-friendly garden of your dreams. Simply call 08 9303 9920 to find out more.

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