How To Make Your Garden More Eco-Friendly

Increasingly homeowners are setting their sights on the kinds of home improvements that champion eco-friendliness. Both indoors and outdoors, efforts are being made to live more eco-friendly lives at home.

But what can the average household do to step up their eco-friendly game, without resorting to extremes?

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1. Invest in reclaimed or second-hand furniture

The market for reclaimed and second-hand garden furniture is huge. There is so much fantastic pre-loved furniture on the market that there really is no need to set your sights on anything new. If you are looking to bring personality and character to your garden, nothing gets the job done better than eco-friendly furniture. After all, why opt for anything generic or mass produced, when 100% unique reclaimed furniture can be even more affordable?

2. Choose an eco-friendly garden room

If planning on setting up a garden room at home, ensure it comes from a provider who understands the importance of eco-friendliness. Ideally, your garden room should be manufactured from sustainable and/or recycled materials, with the strongest possible focus on energy efficiency. From wall cavity insulation to double-glazed windows to energy-efficient heaters, all steps should be taken to ensure your garden room is as eco-friendly as possible.

3. Provide homes for wildlife

Unless it is absolutely necessary, avoid the temptation to remove trees, bushes, plants and shrubs from your garden. This is the kind of ‘hard landscaping’ that wipes out essential habitats for wildlife – often in areas where it is already in short supply. Where possible, add as many wildlife-friendly features to your garden, giving birds, bees, hedgehogs and other animals a safe place to call home.

4. Mow your garden less frequently

Mowing less gives the flowering weeds in your garden more time to do their thing. For example, dandelions are packed with precious nectar, which is a valuable source of food for bees. The longer you leave them to their devices, the more they support the ecosystem around your garden. Hence, switching to a slightly less frequent mowing schedule is the way to go.

5. Feed the birds

Urbanisation has wiped millions of square miles of important habitat off the face of the Earth. Birds in particular have been running out of space to call home for generations, so the least we can do is support them in what little ways we can. One example of which is to put out nesting boxes and feeders, though (of course) ensuring they are positioned strategically to keep your garden’s visitors safe from predators

6. Renewable electricity

It is also worth considering the addition of renewable energy generators to your garden, if doing so is an option. Solar panels and wind generators are the two most popular options, which could make a huge difference to your household energy bills. The less energy your home utilises from conventional sources, the bigger the benefits for the environment – and for your wallet.