December 13, 2019

Get your garden in shape the eco-way this season with our earth-friendly tips and tricks.

Recycle and reuse

We have a real overflow of plastic bottles here in Australia that aren’t able to be recycled, but there’s good news! You can give them a second life in your garden. Grow your seedlings in plastic bottles, milk or egg cartons before transferring them to your garden so they are protected from the winds and any pests that could cause damage before they are strong enough to thrive on their own. If you want to grow them straight from your garden or pot, you can cut the bottom off of a plastic bottle and place it over the seedling, removing well before it outgrows the container. Rinse and store these bottles for future seedling plantings throughout the year.

Plant natives

Utilising native plants in your garden is the best way to cultivate a landscape that doesn’t require much maintenance. Native plants are suited to your environment, and as such won’t require a lot of water or fertiliser. They also help to reduce weeds and will save you time and money. Local nurseries or landscapers can advise on the plants that are native to your area.

Water consciously

We’re facing a lot of droughts at the moment, so it’s more important than ever that we conserve water where we can. In New South Wales, we’re also subject to Level Two water restrictions, which means that you can only water your garden before 10am and after 4pm, and it must be with a watering can or bucket as hoses aren’t permitted (See your local Water Body for more information on the restrictions that apply to you). Some other ways you can help these efforts include reusing grey water from your bath, sink or shower (your local Water Body can advise how to do this responsibly) or using plants that are drought tolerant.

Consider composting

Composting is perfect for making the most out of your excess leaves, grass clippings or kitchen waste. Not only is it great for reducing landfill, but it can also be used in the soil of your garden to add nutrients to your plants. There are plenty of online guides you can use to help start a compost heap, and Bunnings is one such resource, which has video tutorials, tools and materials you’ll need and a step-by-step guide to set one up.

If you have any questions about creating and maintaining an eco-friendly garden, Watagan Park Landscaping is one of the best local experts to assist you. Visit wataganparklandscaping.com.au

For more stories on living, creating and exploring the local neighbourhood, read the summer edition of the Watagan Park Wanderer Magazine here.

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