There are many ways we can reduce our environmental impact in our daily lives, including when it comes to maintaining our outdoor spaces.

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With that in mind, here are some simple steps you can use to turn your garden into an eco-friendly haven! 

  • Allow nature to flourish. The easiest way to turn your garden into an eco-friendly haven is to let nature take control. For example, by planting native plants within your garden, you’re increasing your chances of a successful yield year after year. Not only does this mean that your garden will look great, but it will also provide local wildlife with the perfect space to call home.
  • Focus on low-maintenance plants and grass. Low maintenance plants and grass do not require upkeep, which means that you can reduce your usage of potentially harmful fertilizers and pesticides. For example, not only does Empire Zoysia Grass look great, but it is also famed for its low maintenance requirements and its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. 
  • Choose eco-friendly fertilizers. If you are going to be using fertilizer and pesticides in your garden, then you should always aim to choose eco-friendly products where possible. For example, you should be wary of ingredients such as synthetic pyrethroids, which can “lead to contamination of the aquatic ecosystems, which will, in turn, induce harmful toxic effects in the exposed living aquatic organisms, including fish.”

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  • Grow your own fruit & vegetables.   Creating your own edible garden or growing your own fruits and vegetables allows you to make the most of your outdoor space and provides ample opportunity to reduce your environmental impact. For example, in becoming self-sufficient, you’re reducing the amount of products you need to buy from supermarkets, many of which do not have strong environmental policies in place. You’re also drastically reducing the amount of packaging waste you produce within your home, especially when it comes to single-use plastics. 
  • Be as resourceful as possible. When it comes to upgrading your sustainable garden design, being resourceful when it comes to decor can help transform your space for the better. For example, instead of buying expensive plant holders or plant pots, you could make your own plant holders using tin cans. This is also a great way to reuse products that would otherwise be thrown away. 
  • Compost. Composting is another great way to play your part in protecting the environment for future generations. Not only does this reduce the amount of waste you produce within your home, but compost can also be used to fertilize your plants. This eliminates the need to use any chemical-based products whatsoever. 
  • Preserve water where possible. In order for your garden to thrive, it will need to be watered regularly, especially if you live in an area that experiences very little rainfall. However, it’s crucial that you work to preserve water where necessary – not only for the planet but for the sake of your bills, too. One way in which you can achieve this goal is by watering your plants early in the morning, as this stops the water from evaporating in the heat. 

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