Eco-friendly Tips For A Beautiful Summer Garden
Summer brings sunshine, flowers and a smile to our faces. There’s something about the season that makes us more carefree; and outdoors is where we want to be. With the Eccleshall Open Gardens Weekend just gone by, it’s no wonder we have gardening on our minds. As the hot weather persists, you may be on the lookout for some environment-friendly ways to keep your garden growing, and hopefully conserve some much needed water as well. Here are some tips for a satisfying eco-friendly summer gardening experience.
Save precious water
Water takes on new importance in the summer, and it can feel like you’re competing with your garden for it. The lawn that was so gorgeous in the spring, your beautiful flowers, and your pool, which can be so appealing for cooling off—they all seem so thirsty this time of the year. Using a pool cover when your pool is not in use can cut evaporation by up to 95%. While your lawn will grow green again in the summer, your flowers need some water to keep going.
Recycle relentlessly. Boiled some potatoes? Save the water. It can provide great nutrients for your flowers. Cleaned out your fish tank? Use the water as a special treat for your plants.
All the wastewater you have used in the house, including from washing clothes and dishes, bathing or showering, and washing your hands, is called greywater. Water from the toilet is called blackwater. You can connect greywater to an irrigation system to water your garden, or you can simply collect it manually to water your plants. It’s quite safe for plants and flowers, but not for vegetables or fruit trees. Let the blackwater go, though. It cannot be reused.
Plant native species
Native plants are those that started growing in your area naturally, without being introduced by anyone, and so have evolved and adapted well to the environment. These have seen many summers come and go and are hardly taken aback when the hot weather rolls around once more. They have learned to conserve water more efficiently. They support native wildlife as well, and they do well in the natural soil, allowing you to forgo the fertilizer. British Native Wildflowers such as Cornflower, Wild Primrose, and Red Flanders Poppy will add colour and beauty to your garden and attract native bees and butterflies. Hanging baskets of wildflowers will be a beautiful addition to any garden too, though you might want to find a shady spot for them to save on the watering.
It’s okay to have non-native plants in your garden as well, provided they are not of an invasive variety. They may not be as hardy and well-adapted as the native plants, though. Perhaps the best course is to have lots of natives with some non-natives mixed in, and observe how they do.
Enjoy your eco-friendly summer garden, be creative about conserving water and recycling it to keep your flowers going, and don’t be afraid to let the lawn dry out for now. A great garden event, the Shrewsbury Flower Show, will be a great place to get some inspiration for your garden on August 10th and 11th.