How to Transform Your Yard into an Eco-Friendly Garden Oasis
Not every house comes with a sprawling garden. The yard in your home might not be the ideal place for your dream garden, but you can still make it your own. With a bit of green-thumbed ingenuity, you can turn your backyard into an eco-oasis. Create a sustainable and natural space that promotes tranquility and well-being. If you want to be creative about your joy for the environment, then here is how you can transform your yard into a garden oasis.
Collecting and reusing rainwater is important for keeping your plants watered sustainably. This prevents unnecessary use of water that could be better used elsewhere. In climates where water regulation is strict, rainwater harvesting is an excellent supplement. There are different ways to harvest water, from simple run-off barrels to more efficient systems like rainbanks. A benefit to rainwater is the lack of chemicals normally found in other sources of water, which helps with keeping your plants healthy.
If you have the space, creating an indoor garden or extension to your house is possible without having to sacrifice the environment. Whether you’re looking to make a food allotment, or an indoor flower exhibit, having the right shelter can help with that. Re-purposing a shed or shipping container gives you flexibility as well as reliability. It can also be cost efficient too, as converted structures mean you don’t need to worry about purpose building from scratch.
Recycled Decorations & Furnishing
It’s easy to choose the best-looking plant pots or garden furniture but consider choosing sustainably sourced items. Recycling can be a great way to spruce up you garden while keeping things eco-conscious. Fencing, patios or decks can use sustainable material like bamboo or recycled wood. Furniture can be sourced from eco-stores or bought second-hand to be touched up. Even decorative knick-knacks made to adorn your garden could come from all varieties of local sources. Nearby charity stores or garage sales are a great way to give old unwanted items a new life. You can make your garden look beautiful while keeping sustainable.
It’s important to protect your local environment as much as it is to protect the global environment. If you plan on transforming your yard into a green paradise, then try to include as much native plant-life as possible. Avoid varieties of plants that could be considered invasive or pests. Check your local council, online public archives or even local gardening stores for the recommended plants in your area. The more native plant-life there is, the more likely it is to spread.
Making the most of what you have with a garden can seriously make the difference. Placement and form are everything. Plan out your garden, find where you can best retain all your potted plants, see where would be best for those lounging chairs. If you have verticality in mind, think of creepers or vines, maybe hanging lanterns or baskets. Create a focal point – a center of interest, so it feels inviting and welcoming. By maximizing space, you can turn your available space into the garden you wish to have.
Using some of these methods in your own gardening plans can contribute a lot towards sustainability. Practical solutions like water harvesting are possible regardless of your living situation. Design decisions are only limited to your imagination. Make of your space what you will. Being eco-conscious is important, but an eco-friendly garden doesn’t mean holding back on creativity. Assert yourself and make the green oasis you’ve always wished for.
Guest blogger: Harper Reid
Creative writer Harper hails from the marvelous city of Auckland, New Zealand. When not busy writing for awesome sites, you can find Harper gardening or reading her latest bookstore find. Check out her blog here.
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