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National Earth Day: Working in Harmony With Your Garden
To celebrate National Earth Day, this blog looks at:
- The rewards of growing your own vegetables
- The benefits of planting trees, hedges, and shrubs
- How to create an organic lawn
- Opening the door to wildlife
- How to compost your garden waste effectively and easily
Gardening is a great way to celebrate National Earth Day on 22nd April 2022 so let’s look at what we can do to help promote the health of our natural environment in our own back garden.
Food for Thought: Grow Your Own Vegetables
Growing your own vegetables means you have easy access to delicious fresh veg that may well help improve your diet and provide cost savings, but just as importantly will also help shrink the carbon footprint of food transportation.
Top Tip: If you’re lucky enough to have a large veg plot, use a Tiller to quickly and effectively remove weeds and eliminate pests that could damage your vegetables.
Plant Trees, Hedges, and Shrubs
Planting a tree can add many benefits to your garden and home. Keeping your home naturally cool by shielding sun rays, trees also act as a natural barrier from road dust and even noise in some cases, while helping to remove carbon dioxide from the air. They also provide natural habitats to wildlife. Silver Birch, for example, provides food and habitat for more than 300 insect species! Planting a variety of trees and shrubs of different sizes and types will also offer food for birds, bees, and other wildlife that are helpful to your garden.
Top Tip: adding mulch around the base of the stem of a newly planted tree helps to maintain moisture. You can create your own mulch from garden waste using a garden shredder.
To create an environmentally friendly space, consider going organic with your lawn. Using natural ingredients to help it grow, worms do all the tough aeration work for you here. However, you’ll need to bear the condition of your existing lawn in mind. If it’s in good condition, with only a few weeks, you can start to create your organic lawn quite easily by overspreading.
- Use a rake to remove any dead grass
- Cut the grass to a length of between 1-1.5 inches
- Aerate your soil with a Basic Hollow Tine Aerator, if needed, to allow air and water to be able to penetrate the ground
- Use a seed spreader, such as the Handy TH580 Broadcast Spreader to evenly distribute grass seed over the ground.
Open the Door to Wildlife
Create a space in your garden that encourages birds, bugs and bees to visit and live there, as this will ensure a healthy ecosystem that will benefit your plants too. There are a variety of ways to do this.
How about adding some colourful wildflowers to make your garden more appealing to birds and butterflies? Build a pond, even if it’s small, and the wildlife will come flocking! Bird boxes are also a fantastic way to attract a wide range of birds to your garden, whether you choose to buy one or make your own. But the easiest of all is to simply let patches of lawn grow that little bit longer.
Top Tip: to provide shelter for small mammals and valuable insects such as beetles create a wood stack in a sheltered part of your garden. To make light work of this, use the Handy Electric Log Splitter with Safety Guard and Log Tray.
Compost Your Garden Waste
Composting your garden waste is a sure-fire way to help all your garden plants and wildlife. Free and easy to produce, with no unnecessary packaging or transportation costs, compost is a winner for everything living in your garden!
Top Tip: sacks of garden waste can be heavy and awkward to carry to your compost bin so use a Garden Trolley to transport it.
These days we need to be aware of our planet, so we all must play a part in looking after the world we live in for ourselves and our future generations. Regardless of how much we can achieve, even a small change can make the world of difference.