Greener gardens

Greener gardens
Universal Magazines

By Dean Boone, MAILDM

 

If you want to tread more lightly on the planet, making your garden sustainable is a great way to start. Dean Boone offers his top tips.

 

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For the average gardener, a sustainable garden is going to be one that requires minimal input, is organic wherever possible, produces some food along the way and helps the environment as well. So you see, the word ‘sustainable’ can mean different things to different people. The one key component that is common across the board is that a sustainable garden tries to reduce your footprint on the environment.

So just how sustainable is your garden? When you start to think about the little changes you can make, and the changes are very simple, you will find that in every way you are improving your garden, improving your health and improving the Earth. Some of the changes you can make will reduce your maintenance requirements and free up your weekends. Some will reduce the amount of products you need to buy for the garden and some will help foster local biodiversity, which means better pest and disease control for you.

Here are some top design tips to get you started:

Minimise maintenance:
The first big area of change you can make to your garden will reduce your maintenance needs. You want a garden that really looks after itself without too much effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reduce, reuse, recycle:

Wherever you can save money means you’re putting less into the garden and you’re making the whole system work within itself.

 

 

 

 

 

Go for native plants:

Native plants have finally become loved by Australian gardeners and there is an abundance of choice. The more local your native plant selection the better it is for your resident bees, bugs and butterflies:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything suggested is so simple to do, won’t cost a lot of money and will truly make a real difference in turning your garden into a sustainable one. Little steps are all that are needed to get you on the path to being green.

So how do you become a sustainable gardener? The answer is one step at a time.

Dean Boone is a Sydney-based landscape designer and director of distinctive. He is also a Vice President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers.

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