Here at Zero Emissions Gardening, encouraging a more eco-friendly approach to the outdoors is our number one priority. After all, if we want to enjoy nature, then we have a responsibility to look after it and that starts with cutting out all unnecessary emissions.
Today, we’ll be taking a look through some of the ways that you can cut back on your gardening emissions, meet nature on its own terms, and take a brand new step into zero-emissions gardening.
1. Use Water Butts
Why rely on plumbing when you can get your water straight from nature? As great as our modern water infrastructure is, like all large-scale operations it creates some level of CO2 and should really only be used when necessary. While there may be periods during the summer when your water butts run dry and you have to resort to the hose, for the most part, a pair of well-set-up water butts connected to a good drainage system should do the job well enough.
2. Prioritise Hand-Tools
This one’s mostly a common sense point, but it bears repeating all the same. If you want to go full zero emissions gardening, then the first thing you should absolutely be cutting down on is your use of electric tools. While there are some cases where using an electric tool such as a lawn mower or hedge trimmer may be a huge time-saver, wherever possible, swapping out those electric tools for hand-tool equivalents will massively cut down on your emissions.
3. Create Natural Spaces
If there’s one theme that really defines zero emissions gardening, it’s about working with nature rather than attempting to control it and sometimes that means allowing your garden to take control. Within boundaries, natural spaces with long grass and wildflowers can not only look beautiful but also fit in with the style of your garden. In fact, the contrast between a nicely mown path and a line of long grass can be quite charming if done well.
The most important thing to remember here is that the zero emissions gardening approach is about creating a space for nature to do what it does best. Oftentimes, the real key to creating a beautiful space is as much in knowing what not to do as what to do. By allowing your garden to grow naturally within small constraints, not only are you helping the environment, but you’re also creating a far more unique and beautiful space in your own backyard.For advice about creating your own Zero Emissions Garden and information on the services we provide, please contact us online or by phone at 0208 530 7777.