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Make Your Garden Greener – Eco-Friendly Tips

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Your well-designed garden is a source of joy and pride in your life, and if you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, you’ll be glad to discover a variety of ways to make it sustainable and to have a positive impact of our environment. You can save time, money, wildlife and our planet with a list of tips for making your garden greener.

Garden landscaping in Perth can improve the sustainability of your home as well as your garden. Your garden plays a unique role within the eco-system and can work to lessen the ever-growing pressures that affect it. With a little garden design, your dull, uninteresting garden can be transformed into a biologically diverse, planet-friendly space. It has also been discovered through recent studies that eco-gardening is slowing climate change, reducing energy use and waste. So there are many reasons to make your garden as eco-friendly as possible. Here are 8 earth-loving tips for your garden design in Perth.

1. Sow in a low-maintenance grass.

If you’re looking for a good way to save money and water, speak to your Perth landscape designer on the best grass to sow in. Certain types are better for areas that receive a lot of drought, and there are others that will weather the Perth climate all year round. As experts in gardens in Perth, Xteria Landscaping can advise what is best for your soil, location and lawn. Kikuyu is a popular low-maintenance option that is budget-friendly and also needs to be mowed less than other varieties.

2. Reduce the size of your lawn.

Rather than taking up your entire garden with turf grass, you can reduce it and add an eco-friendly patio or simply add some beautiful plants. You can still have a lush green garden, and sometimes even improve the aesthetics with more eco-friendly advice on plants from a landscape designer.

3. Good Plant / Insect control

There are good bugs and bad bugs. Whether you like them or not, insects are an integral part of your garden. Some of them can cause damage to your plants, but others are more beneficial, eating the baddies and brightening up your garden. Aphids are a common problem in WA, but ladybirds and lacewings feed on aphids, so you need to encourage them to live in your garden. Planting a flower border with marigolds and sunflowers as they deter unwanted insects and attract the pretty ladybirds and lacewings, thus minimising any damage to your garden.

Another eco friendly way to remove aphids is to spray them with an organic garlic and chilli spray.

4. The bird that catches the worm.

Birds are exceptional natural protectors that also add colour and melody to your garden. They are also delighted to pluck out the slugs, snails, caterpillars and worms that can destroy your gorgeous garden, making an easier job for you. Add bird feeders to lure them in and even nesting boxes to encourage more birds to visit. This supports the eco system and also helps eliminate the need for synthetic insecticides, fungicides, and weed killers that are toxic to the environment.

Whilst waiting for your birds, you can also build a barrier of crushed eggshells to deter slugs and snails in a way that is friendly to Mother Nature.

5. Complementary plant combinations.

Perth landscape designers know that a diverse mix of plants make a blooming, healthy garden. Certain combinations of plants complement each other and boost growth and vitality. Tall plants can naturally provide shade for more sun-sensitive and shorter plants.  Perth landscape designers can advise which plants go well together and which can hinder the growth and productivity of other plants. Try to do your research before you add plants so that you don’t encounter difficulties later on.

Some combinations you can consider are rose and garlic, a trusted combination due to garlic repelling insects from the rose with its scent. But garlic also sprouts small purple and white flowers, which blend beautifully with roses and other plants in the garden. If you’re planting a veggie patch, cucumber, radish and dill work well together – mostly as the radish and dill deter cucumber beetles from attaching your crop, and attract helpful insects that will eat predators trying to attack.

6. Opt for low-maintenance plants

As Perth can be subject to very hot summers, choosing drought-resistant plants will not only save water, but also reduce pruning maintenance. The Water Corporation provides a good resource for finding out which plants thrive in Western Australia, or you can ask your Perth garden designer to choose a few that will adapt well to your soil and conditions. People tend to think that plants that need less watering are dull but it’s not just cactus and yucca plants that thrive in dryer conditions. Pansies, marigolds and asters bloom well with low maintenance.

7. Save energy by strategic landscape design

When landscaping a backyard, Perth garden designers know that a strategically placed tree can help save energy in your home. Harness a cool breeze in summer by the shape of your garden. There are a number of energy conserving tips that make your garden both friendly to the environment on the outside but can also positively affect the energy use of your home.

8. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Take a look around and see all the ways that you can reduce the amount of waste, from using your own compost, growing your own fruit and vegetables to only buying recyclable packaging.  Reuse what you already have, or talk to a neighbour so that waste so that fencing, vegetable peelings, plant clippings can all be reused.

Packaging presents a perfect opportunity for re-using items, and yet is often first to be thrown out. Protect your seedlings with the top of plastic bottles. Poke a few holes in the lid of a bottle and use it as a watering sprinkler.

As experts in landscape design in Perth, we’re happy to assist in making your garden greener. Call us on (08) 9303 9925 or email info@xterialandscapes.com.au to speak to us about eco-friendly landscape design.

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