6 Ideas for Eco-Friendly Garden Design
Gardens are about celebrating and enjoying nature, so it’s no wonder that environmentally friendly gardens are a growing trend – especially in recent times when we’ve all become more inspired to protect our planet.
But how do you go about creating and maintaining a sustainable outdoor space? In this article, we’ll take a look at how to design an eco-friendly garden, along with key gardening tips for maintaining your new ‘green’ haven.
Whether you’re a green-fingered gardener yourself, or working on behalf of clients to create their dream outdoor space, here are a few things to consider.
Choose Materials Wisely
At the heart of sustainable garden design is the material choice. Consider where materials such as decking, fencing, gates, balustrades and other structures are sourced. Traditionally these materials are made from wood which has a low life expectancy due to rotting, warping, and twisting, meaning it will need replacing in a relatively short time frame.
Wood plastic composite materials, like SAiGE, are made from combining recycled plastics with recycled wood to create a durable, low-maintenance material that is resistant to warping, rotting, mould and fungus. Not only is it made from approximately 90% recycled materials, SAiGE composite materials will outlive traditional timber products with an expected life span of over 20 years. Composite materials are therefore not only a more sustainable choice, they also offer long-term quality and performance.
Keep your eyes open for sustainably sourced materials. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ensures that timber with their certification has been sustainably and responsibly sourced, from certified forests meeting their strict environmental and social standards. Therefore, you can be assured your timber has been sourced in a way that is committed to sustainable forestry. SAiGE Composite Products can supply fully FSC certified composite wood products for peace of mind.
Make Space for Compost
Creating your own compost heap is easy for any gardener. All you need is a dedicated space for it, so consider this in your design. You may wish to construct a wooden structure to hold the compost. Bear in mind the timber is likely to rot over time, especially with the damp environment, the compost needs to thrive. Although not the conventional use, composite decking boards are ideal for planters and similar garden structures, so why not use these instead? This will ensure your compost store will be long lasting and will not need rebuilding in the near future. Any biodegradable material from your home or garden can be recycled into rich, usable compost.
Select Plants to Support the Wider Environment
Did you know? You can help do your part for the planet simply through what foliage you choose for your garden. When plotting out which greenery will go where, make space for trees, if your garden can support them. Trees are powerful carbon sinks and can also become nesting spots. Similarly, plant flowers which can support pollinating insects.
Welcome in Wildlife
If you’re keen to support the local wildlife and boost biodiversity in your garden, think about how to incorporate this into your final garden design. Whether it’s a bird feeder, water bath, pond, insect hotel or nesting box, there are plenty of creative ways to encourage wildlife.
Upcycle and Reuse
If you’re redesigning a garden, think about how you can cleverly repurpose items and materials from your previous garden. For example, your old patio slabs can be broken down and re-laid in a stunning mosaic pattern. Old bricks from a garden wall can become eye-catching planters. And that tyre gathering dust in the garage can become a fun rope swing for the kids. The possibilities are endless. Alternatively, when choosing new materials for your garden, consider options that are durable and long-lasting, minimizing the need to replace them. In the long run, this will further reduce the impact on the environment and the amount of material going into landfill. SAiGE Composite Products provide the perfect solution – available in a range of timeless colours and exceptionally durable, you can be sure your garden will look good for years to come.
5 Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips
Now you have a sustainable garden, it’s time to tend to it in an eco-friendly way – here are our top gardening tips.
- Opt for peat-free compost or create your own. Peat is an important carbon store for the planet, and so avoid buying products made from this vital material
- Cut out chemicals and pesticides as much as possible, instead using natural and less harmful alternatives
- Conserve water by installing a water butt or by favouring watering cans over sprinklers
- Be mindful of the tools and plant pots you buy – choose plastic-free, biodegradable options
- Fully utilise the eco-friendly opportunities of your new garden design, for example, planting flowers for pollinators or creating a bug hotel to boost biodiversity
Here at SAiGE, we supply eco-friendly composite products to support your garden plans – no matter how ambitious! Our composite materials are manufactured from a blend of recycled plastics and recycled woods to create a durable material that can be used for a variety of purposes, including balustrades, decking, fencing, gates, planters, and much more. Simply get in touch with our friendly team today – we supply retail and trade and have stockists across the UK.Contact Us