Lots of us are making a conscious effort to reduce our environmental impact nowadays. Perhaps trying to be greener was one of your New Year’s resolutions? We’re all becoming more aware of the effects of our consumption and we’re trying to make better choices – you might have heard it being referred to as the ‘Attenborough effect’.
From using metal straws and reusable coffee cups, to flying less and buying less – there are lots of ways that you can make small changes to your lifestyle. Small differences can add up to have a big impact if enough people are part of the change.
Have you considered that your own garden is somewhere that you can cultivate a positive impact on the environment too? Use your green space to its full potential and you’ll be making the environment greener too. Some of the changes you can implement will even contribute to the environment far beyond your garden fence.
Here are a few simple switches you can make this spring to do something positive for the planet.
1. Switch your mower from petrol to battery powered. There are lots of greener options available when it comes to powering up your garden tools. Choosing battery-powered machines means you can leave petrol behind. We have an award-winning range of cordless Lithium-ion battery powered mowers, featuring single-lever height adjustment and mulching functions. We also provide battery-powered hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and grass trimmers.
Whatever tools you’re using in your garden, make sure you check carefully for nesting birds and other wildlife before using them.
2. If you have a larger garden or lots of trees that you cut regularly, invest in a chipper or shredder. Using one of these means that nothing goes to waste and your garden will benefit from the nutrients that your chippings will provide, meaning healthier, happier plants. Check out our Quiet Shredder, or our powerful Wood Chipper, depending on what vegetation you’ll be using in it.
3. Bee conscious of the mix of plants and flowers you choose for your garden. Sadly, the countryside in the UK doesn’t supply bees with the biodiversity they need. Bees need all the help they can get, so mix up your flowerbeds and get some variety in your borders.
Wildflowers are a bee favourite and there are plenty of wildflower ‘seed bombs’ on the market, full of mixed wildflower seeds to help you achieve that country meadow look. Bees also love fruit and vegetables – yet another reason to grow your own!
Another way you can help the bees, is to leave your lawn a little longer – it provides a place for pollinators to shelter and feed. Just lift your mower cutting blade a little. It’s easy with our mowers, which feature a simple ‘Height of Cut’ adjustment system.
4. Compost. It’s the best way to fertilise your garden, it’s cheap and easy to make, and it’s good for the planet. Making your own compost means it won’t contain any of the chemical compounds found in shop-bought compost, it will be peat-free and naturally organic. If you have a shredder or chipper, you can add the chippings into your compost bin along with your food waste to bulk it out.
5. Fertilise your lawn for free as you cut the grass with a mulching lawnmower. These mowers shred the cuttings finely and discharge them back onto the lawn. You can’t see the fine cuttings, and it will do wonders for your grass, organically fertilising it and eliminating any waste. And it requires no extra effort from you!
6. Save water where you can. Water is a precious resource, and one that often becomes scarce over a hot, dry spell. Save your rainwater by installing a water butt under a drainpipe and use it to water your plants. Rainwater is generally better for your plants than tap water and it’s a sustainable way to keep your lawn, pots and flowerbeds watered.
Get the Attenborough effect going in your garden this year – it’s easy to make your garden more sustainable. You’ll feel good knowing that you’re helping bees and wildlife and you’ll be contributing to a wider positive environmental movement too.