For those fortunate enough to have a sustainable garden design, you already know the advantages. Luckily, with any garden space comes a plethora of opportunities so, don’t hold back! Then, remember that the importance of a garden is also in spending time with nature.
Sustainability is increasingly important, and a garden plays a significant role in environmentally friendly living. If you are planning a garden makeover or thinking about how to get more use from your outdoor space, then why not consider sustainability? Below are some basic points you can contemplate.
4 Tips for a Sustainable Garden Design
➊ Grow Your Own Produce
A fun and environmentally friendly way to bring your garden to life is to start growing your own produce. Whether you opt for vegetables, fruits, or flowers, you can create an attractive garden, cut your carbon footprint dramatically, and improve your health. Every bit of produce you grow is reducing the demand for imported goods which significantly reduces carbon emissions.
No matter how much space you have, you can grow crops and plants in the open soil or in the more protective environment of a polytunnel. With easy access to your protected crops, you can watch them grow and blossom in front of your eyes.
➋ Nature and Wildlife
A garden has traditionally been a place for nature to thrive, not for a layer of concrete and artificial elements to dominate. If sustainability is a priority, your garden space should be designed around preserving microhabitats for wildlife to flourish.
Creating and nourishing a sustainable ecosystem is perhaps the most eco-friendly approach you could adopt for your outdoor space and it will be more attractive for you to admire. Your entire garden doesn’t have to be designed solely to accommodate wildlife, but ensuring there is a balance between man-made and natural elements is a good idea.
➌ Recycled and Reclaimed Materials
If your dream garden is less of a green sanctuary and more of a hosting space or furnished outdoor living space, you can still consider sustainability. Buying another mass-produced set of garden furniture or a shed built from fresh wood is only adding to environmentally damaging processes.
Instead, opting for recycled or reclaimed materials is a smart way to make a small contribution to saving the planet and may just look more natural in your garden.
➍ Renewable Resources
If you are serious about sustainability in your outdoor space, include features that make use of renewable resources like rainwater and sunlight.
For illuminating your outdoor space at night, why not invest in some solar-powered lights to cut your energy consumption.
Furthermore, if you do plan to grow crops or flowers, why not collect rainwater to cut your household consumption. Little things like this can make a significant difference in the long term and can make for attractive features in the garden.
Do you have questions or further suggestions? If so, please leave them in the comments below. Below, you will also find references to other articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.
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