Use recycled aggregates
Many landscape artists love to use aggregates in their
designs for their versatility and low maintenance. However, like any other raw
material it’s important to make sure your aggregates are responsibly sourced,
better yet, recycled. Recycled
aggregates can be used for many landscaping projects, from border fill to
plant bedding and more. Recycled aggregates can either be by-products of
construction processes or created from the demolition of existing structures.
They are also a much more cost effective option that raw sourced materials, and
so are great if you’re on a tight budget.
Grow Your Own
Once the norm of most suburban households, herb and vegetable
gardens are now considered to be fun hobbies rather than an essential food
source. But this hobby is a fantastic way to reduce your family’s carbon
footprint. By growing tasty veg and delicious herbs in your own back garden,
you eliminate the need for unnecessary packaging found on your supermarket veg.
You also help to cut down on fuel consumption – supermarket fruit and veg
usually has to travel quite a long way before it reaches your plate.
Furthermore, veg/herb gardens can make really aesthetically pleasing features.
So what are you waiting for, it’s time to get growing!
Consider a swimming pond
Not everyone has the budget, the want or the space for a
swimming pool in their back garden, but those who do may want to consider
installing a swimming pond instead. If you love the idea of cooling down in
your own private oasis during the hotter months, but don’t fancy all the
maintenance that comes with it, a swimming pond may be the solution for you.
Unlike swimming pools, swimming ponds rely on their own, balanced eco system
made up of special plants to keep their water clean and clear. There’s no need
for the pollution of harsh and harmful chemicals like chlorine. Some may see
swimming ponds as a far more aesthetically pleasing option as they look far
more natural than a pool.
Help the Bees
These busy little critters are essential for the pollination
of our food and plants. Without bees we could quite literally starve! So invite
them into your garden to do what they do best by planting the flowers they
love. Bees are big fans of lavender, honeysuckle, abelia and many more! You can
find out more information on making your garden bee friendly on the friends of the earth website.
Choose sustainable furniture
There are many retailers out there proud to sell sustainable
furniture made from recycled materials. Recycled plastic furniture is an
excellent option as it has the practicality and wear of plastic without burdening
the planet by stripping it of natural resources. If you choose wooden
furniture, make sure you are aware of its origin and that is has been stamped
with the FSC seal of approval.