How To Create A Sustainable Garden
Your backyard is a place for relaxing, socialising and enjoying the outdoors, but it can also ensure we live a sustainable lifestyle.
See our top tips on how to create a garden that will save you money on your water and energy bills whilst looking great.
Native plants are the best choice if you’re looking to save on your water bill as they require little maintenance to thrive in our climate. To utilise this trick to it’s full potential, group plants with the same water requirements together. This will ensure you avoid watering when unnecessary.
If you need to water your garden, ensure you do it in the morning. This way you’ll loose less water to evaporation because the temperature will be lower and the plants roots will absorb the water easier, before the sun has a chance to get to the roots.
In Summer your energy bills can soar, but having well positioned plants can help reduce your home’s indoor temperature dramatically. In Western Australia’s hot climate, it’s essential to plant evergreen trees because their foliage will shade your house year round.
Ground cover, including shrubs will cool the air surrounding your home, because the hot air has to get through it first. Hedges and vertical gardens can be used to shade walkways, driveways and patios. These type of plants will also assist in insulating your home when placed close to the walls of your house. Ensure you check the roots of these plants before adding them to your garden, as you don’t want to disturb the foundation of your home.
Feeding Your Family
Planting a vegetable garden is a great way to provide your household with beautiful, fresh, organic food. The waste from the vegetables will also provide you with the ideal fertiliser for the remainder of your garden.
Utilising these tips will ensure you reduce your water and energy bills, starting the road to a sustainable lifestyle.