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4 Easy Ways To Make Your Life More Eco Friendly

The importance of environmental sustainability is becoming more apparent than ever. More and more people are trying everything they can to reduce the waste they create and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Ways To Make Your Life More Eco Friendly

If you’re someone who has resolved themselves to making some significant changes to help the environment, then you’re taking on a difficult but rewarding challenge. Some of the switches that you have to make may seem daunting, but the changes become easier once you take your first few steps into the world of sustainability. The following are four easy ways to make your life more eco-friendly.

Use Less Paper and Plastic – Recycle More

When you cut out paper and plastic from your daily life, you contribute to saving the planet. With technology today, you hardly even need paper for anything. For those who can’t get rid of paper, because they use it at their job, try to recycle it as much as you can. While you’re there, it’s also a good idea to reduce your plastic consumption. Instead of getting plastic bags when you’re out grocery shopping, buy your own canvas bag that you can take with you to transport all of your purchases. Plus, canvas bags can typically hold more and are made of sturdier materials. If you do use plastic, recycle it when you can. Every small change can make a difference.

Start a Compost Pile or Bin

Compost bins have been a popular trend these last few months. They are a great way to reduce waste. They allow you to reuse items you’d usually just throw away, such as banana peels and the parts of vegetables you toss. The organic material you put into your compost in your garden will break down into nutrients that will help you grow your garden or keep your lawn green. Plus, it saves you more money. You no longer have to buy expensive compost when you’re making your own. You can also look at having rainwater tanks in your back garden, to collect rainwater to be reused.

Purchase the Right Light Bulb

Using less electricity reduces the energy you use and, in turn, reduces your carbon footprint. One way to use less electricity is to ensure all lights are turned off when you’re not in a room. However, people are forgetful, and lights will be left on from time to time. A more realistic approach is to be conscious of the light bulbs you buy to replace ones that have gone out. Instead of purchasing incandescent lights, buy compact fluorescent bulbs. These lights will last five times longer and use less electricity than the alternative.

Cut Down on Energy in Your Home

Besides switching the light bulbs you use, there are many other ways you can cut back on the energy used in your home. One of the easiest things you can do is adjust your thermostat based on the season. For example, in the summer raise the temperature so that it doesn’t turn on when it’s not needed. Alternatively, turn it off altogether. You can also unplug your appliances when you’re not using them and change the way you wash your clothes. When you’re doing laundry, opt for line-drying your clothes instead of the dryer if you have an outdoor space. Taking small steps like the ones listed above can help you keep the environment safe.

 

Protecting Your Plants From Heavy Rain

Your plants need water, but not too much water. Heavy rain can make soil waterlogged and this can affect your plants’ ability to absorb air and minerals in the soil. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can guard your garden against the rain…

Protecting Your Plants From Heavy Rain

Use raised beds

Raising your beds above ground level can help with water drainage. It’s also a proven strategy against frost damage. Companies like Woodblocx sell raised bed kits to assemble – these are some of the easiest ways to build raised beds.

Create a runoff and drainage system

Another option could be to create a runoff and drainage system in which rainwater is diverted away from your plants. You could achieve this by making your beds sloped and by digging out channels to collect water and redirect it elsewhere. Make sure that you’re diverting the water somewhere appropriate (i.e. not your neighbour’s garden). You could even consider directing this water to your home’s drains.

Grow plants in pots

By growing plants in pots you can take them indoors in the event of heavy rainfall. Some pots may also have holes in the bottom that can provide drainage. You may not want to put all your plants in pots, but it could be a useful precaution when it comes to certain fragile plants.

Grow plants in a greenhouse

Protecting Your Plants From Heavy Rain

A greenhouse shelters your plants from elements including rain, frost and harsh wind. You’ll never have to worry about excessive rainfall again, however you will need to remember to occasionally water your plants manually yourself. There are lots of different types of greenhouse to choose from cheap and small kit greenhouses to expensive and large custom-built greenhouse buildings. These Eden greenhouses are a good middle ground for those that want quality but don’t want to pay too much. Always shop around to find the best prices.

Lay down mulch on your soil

Mulch can often help to soak up rain, which can in turn stop your soil from getting too soggy. Popular types of mulch include wood chippings, grass cuttings and hedge cuttings. Some people even use old newspapers as a form of mulch.

Temporarily cover up plants

If you’ve seen that heavy rainfall is forecasted, you could take the precaution of covering up certain plants that you think could be damaged. This could include using a tarpaulin or a cloche or a burlap bag. Just make sure to uncover these plants after the rain has subsided.

Pest-proof your plants

Rainfall can often bring all the pests out afterwards. Slugs and snails tend to come out after rainfall as a result of the earth being too soggy – these creatures will feast on your plants if you’re not careful. Spraying your plants with pesticide could be a way of deterring these creatures, however a more eco-friendly option could be to use household ingredients like garlic and rosemary to deter these bugs.

 

Equipping Your New Family Garden

A family garden is many things. A place where you can allow your children and pets to roam free without worrying about their safety in an exposed space. It’s a place where you’ll entertain, watch your children learn how to play with friends, or spend a good number of summer evenings reading on a lounge chair. It’s a place of comfort, of wonder, and of constant dynamism. A garden is a dynamic environment, not a static place of boredom.

Equipping Your New Family Garden

But a garden is also the easiest thing to see fall into disrepair. This can be quite upsetting to see happen. If you have the garden space and the time to keep on top of it, you should absolutely consider keeping up with it, and trying your best to equip it fully. But like with any organisational home effort, this can be an extremely difficult thing to do from the offset. With the following advice, you’ll have more success:

Shed

The garden shed you purchase is likely going to be one of the most convenient tools of your garden. Not only does it offer you ample storage space, but allows for the long-term storage of items during winter, preventing rust and a range of other issues associated with your belongings remaining exposed to the elements. A great garden shed can be a safe place to keep your children’s bicycles, to house your deconstructed trampoline during the winter, or can stop a range of garden toys from being strewn about the place. A shed can also house your garden tools, keeping them well out of the reach of your children, ensuring their safety at all times.

Sheds are often quite inexpensive, easy to build, and if varnished or painted correctly can look quite beautiful. Just be sure to keep them in solid condition, because an old, rotting or mould-covered shed can tank an otherwise beautiful garden from top to bottom.

Garden Design

The design of your garden is important to consider. Of course, you may not decide to implement sweeping and expensive changes, or to have a perfect idea of what you wish for just yet. But let’s say that it’s your ambition to plant some vegetables this spring. Where would you place a greenhouse? Where would the vegetable rows be placed? How might this affect the winding pathway in your garden, or how might you efficiently ensure this space doesn’t impede the overall open area of your turf? A little planning as to the design and layout of your garden can help you make the decisions ahead of time, and see just what the changing potential of this beautiful environment could be.

Climbing Frame

It can be wonderful to bring some form of play equipment in for your children, but of course, it’s best to be careful in its construction. If purchasing or building a climbing frame it’s important to go for heavy wood constructions, as this can often be slotted together strongly and limits the likelihood of collapse. Be sure to invest plenty into this, because if your child is climbing it, it’s important to know they’re going to be safe.

A careful ladder, a slide, monkey bars, or a small climbing wall is all you need, but be sure that the child is able to enjoy this with care and that you only bring it in when they’re old enough to fully handle their body well. Also, be sure to keep a close watch on them. We all have memories of climbing monkey bars when we were children, but this is unfortunately a drop hazard, and has resulted in many injuries since the inception of the climbing frame. A soft padding to fall onto, or perhaps simple turf well maintained can cushion a fall, but just be sure your children are likely to adapt to this well.

Maintenance

Maintenance of your garden is essential for it to look as resplendent and beautiful as you had planned. Of course, in winter, only sweeping the leaves and gunk from where the water collects is important. But Spring is almost here, and with it arrives nature in all its blooming glory. This is where ensuring you have the garden tools to pull up weeds, to repaint the fences or to bring in tree surgeons to treat the health of your border trees could be important. But don’t forget to give yourself the maintenance implements you need to succeed.

For example, if you have lawnmower, cutting your grass becomes this long, laborious process in which you need to borrow the neighbour’s item, and this can simply put you off from deciding to take care of this job. But if you purchase your own petrol lawnmowers, the task becomes easier and you once again unlock the beauty of your garden. The maintenance of your garden iis also important to look at from a fun perspective. Make your garden jobs enjoyable. For example, pulling weeds might seem miserable if you consign yourself to it as a grim duty. But put on some fun music or listen to a great podcast, wear your comforting clothes and spend a beautiful afternoon in the sun doing this, and automatically it becomes a weekend day well spent.

Furniture

Garden furniture allows you to host and invite people around to the garden you are so proud of. Some people might wish their garden to stay as a hidden area only they know about and enjoy, while others are quite happy to bring friends around and perhaps enjoy eating outside once in a while. Comforting furniture well-maintained and cushioned appropriately can make any outdoor garden seating area feel fresh and beautiful.

Not only this, but the investment in furniture also encourages you to enjoy your garden and to show off all your efforts. This helps you feel pride, and that you have actually achieved something beautiful. This, from then on, will make you someone who truly appreciates your outdoor space.