How to create an eco-friendly garden

As spring is slowly, but surely, approaching, it’s time to think about how to make the most of your
outside space and get prepared to enjoy the warmer, lighter evenings ahead.
With the environment high on the list of concerns, it makes sense to cultivate a garden that gives
back to nature and offers a sanctuary for wildlife to thrive.
There are many ways in which this can be achieved, regardless of how big or small your space is. If
you’re stuck for ideas, take a look at our top tips on creating an eco-friendly garden:
Add native plants
Native plants are those which grow naturally in a particular area and create a solid foundation for
different species of birds and insects. Choose to plant wildflowers, trees and shrubs that are native
to your local area to offer a thriving green space that attracts a variety of wildlife.
You might also find that native plants are more resilient than exotic species that are unaccustomed
to the conditions in your location.
Renewable resources
Building a self-sufficient eco-system means using the resources at your disposal. You could use
recycled rainwater to water your plants and make compost from your food waste.
Another option is to install solar powered lights in your garden to create an eco-friendly cosy
atmosphere or impressive light display at any time of year.
Grow your own food
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great hobby and enables you to reduce waste as well as
eat organically. If you’ve never grown produce before, start small with peppers, tomatoes,
cucumbers or strawberries and add more variety as you build your skills and confidence. You’ll likely
find that they taste better too!
If any of your neighbours grow their own produce, you could even suggest a food swap so you each
benefit from a wider range.
Go wild
A meticulously cut lawn might look stunning but allowing it to grow can help biodiversity systems.
Long grass can provide an optimum living space for insects and bugs, helping local species thrive.
This, in turn, attracts birds and bees, creating a diverse natural environment.
You’ll also use less energy as you won’t need as much electricity or fuel to continually mow the lawn
or strim the edges. Plus, with less time spent on cutting, you’ll have more time to dedicate to
planting and growing.
Attract nature
If you’re keen to attract visitors, try adding a pond, a bird feeder, freshwater bowls and even a
shelter for small creatures such as hedgehogs.
Finally, make sure to avoid pesticides and other non-organic matter to give nature the best chance
of survival.