You might recycle and use your car as little as possible, but did you realise that as a gardener, you’re combatting climate change from your very own garden? Your trees and plants are giving out oxygen while taking in carbon dioxide, and you’re also providing food and sanctuary to birds, wildlife, and pollinators like bees.
And don’t worry if you don’t have a large, impressive garden, even a small plot or a few window boxes can make a difference. Here’s how to combat climate change in the garden:
Look after the butterflies and the bees
These insects do such an important job, so make sure you plant pollinator-friendly plants like sunflowers, geraniums, and herbs like sage and basil.
Forgo the turf
It does look impressive, but turf really drinks up water which is not ideal. Try sowing grass seeds or covering patchy areas with wildflowers or native plants.
Look after the birds that visit your garden
Birds can pollinate flowers, spread fruit seeds, and keep pests at bay, so it’s important to look after them. Come autumn, leave seed heads and grasses intact so that birds can eat the seeds and use parts of the plants to make their homes for the winter.
Reduce your use of gas-powered garden tools
Yes, using manual tools and a push mower is harder work, but it’s also better for the environment. Get some exercise and do right by the planet just by doing your garden.
Ditch the chemical fertilisers, weed killers, and pesticides
These can contaminate the soil and groundwater and be harmful to wildlife, fish, and insects. There are plenty of organic and chemical-free options.
Be smart about watering your garden
Water your garden early in the day because if you wait until when the sun is at its hottest, the water will only evaporate. Doing this will help save this precious resource.
Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater and use it on your garden when needed.
If you don’t have a garden, have houseplants
Even if you don’t have much of a garden to speak of, you can still help the environment and combat climate change by having houseplants. They’ll give off oxygen while removing carbon dioxide and other impurities from the air.