Sustainable gardening has become a buzzword within the environmental community in recent years. But what does the term actually mean? Essentially, sustainable gardening is a concept which revolves around the creation of physical, psychological and visual sustenance and nourishment using natural resources without disrupting existing ecosystems or increasing carbon footprints.The resources can come in the form of land, water supply, seeds, fertiliser and much more. The guiding principle behind sustainable gardening is sustainable production and respect for the environment. Whether you’re a wannabe sustainable gardener, or just contemplating joining the movement, we’ve compiled several tips and environmental hacks below that would help you get started on the right path.
At first glance, the notion of planting trees in your sustainable garden might seem a little excessive. However, the benefits are numerous, and tangible – often on a personalised level. The two greatest benefits, though, are: Combat Climate Change. Yes, a single tree won’t make much of a difference. However, a single tree in a million homes will. Play a part in combating global climate change and reducing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. A single tree will also help to reduce you and your family’s environmental footprint. Moreover, trees are excellent carbon sinks. Dangerous pollutants such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) are siphoned from the air during the photosynthesis process and converted into solid forms of sugar (such as glucose and starch). These are then stored inside leaves, branches and roots. Be part of the solution, inspire change in your family and community, and lead by example.
Save on the Electricity Bill
Trees provide great shade from the sun during the day, especially in the spring and summer. So much so that even 17% shade over your home translates into an £8 monthly reduction in electricity bills. Two or three strategically placed trees around your home might even bring the figure down by £15! Aside from shade, trees also lower the temperature of the area surrounding them owing to the dissipation of water vapour. According to one study, the net cooling effect of a single healthy mature tree is equivalent to that of ten standard air-conditioners! But that’s not all! During winter, deciduous trees will shed their leaves, which will allow sunlight to reach homes and increase the interior temperature. So, there are no added winter energy costs to owning a tree! Planting trees doesn’t seem all that excessive now, does it?