7 Sustainable Gardening Practices for a Healthier Environment
Updated: Oct 13, 2022
We all have a soft spot in our hearts for the Earth. That's why we strive to be eco-friendly by re-using, recycling and living an organic lifestyle as much as we can. It helps remind us that there are still things worth living for without sacrificing quality of life or happiness, even if they seem like small gestures!
There's never been a better time than now to be an environmentally conscious gardener or garden tool retailer. Sustainability is at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days. Sustainable tools provide the benefits of using recycled materials leading to less waste, efficient designs, longer life times and lowered carbon footprints. Better still, it can even save you money by not purchasing low-quality goods with short lifetimes.
From reducing waste materials all across our landscapes (and oceans), these days you can find everything from organic pest control treatments made with natural ingredients to gardening products made from organic algae!
Here is an article we have written on sustainable manufacturing and why it is important
List of Eco-Friendly Gardening Practices for a Cleaner Environment
1. Make Use of Eco-Friendly Flower Pots
Plastic alternatives are becoming increasingly popular in practically every part of our lives, including gardening. Alternatives to plastic flower pots are available in a variety of materials, including wood, stone, metal, and terracotta. There are also products created from recycled ocean-bound plastic, which helps to keep the material out of landfills. Eco-friendly flower pots are also ideal for starting seedlings.
Check out comprehensive guide to sustainable gardening: flowers pots and garden tools
2. Save Time with Self-Watering Planters
When it comes to evaluating success in gardening, one of the most critical aspects is watering. Even though it appears to be straightforward, there are numerous potential pitfalls. The container may have poor drainage, resulting in root rot or other issues, but the most typical problem is that you just forget to water your plant. Don't feel guilty; even the most accomplished gardeners experience this. This is why self-watering planters are such an excellent choice! All of these containers will let you grow beautiful plants with minimal effort.
3. Get Sustainable Gardening Tools (Secateurs, Forks, Spades etc)
Your choices of gardening tools have an impact on nature and your pocket. Spend more money today to save money in the future while also helping the environment. Keep your gardening tools inside the shed or garage, oiled and greased, if necessary, washed and cleaned on a regular basis, and sharpened.
4. Recycled Kneeling Pads are Preferable
Kneeling pads provide extra padding and insulation against cold grounds when gardening. Apart from the general ones available which are usually cheap and weak, there are recycled kneeling pads. Recycled kneeling pads are not only eco-friendly, but they are also sturdy and can withstand wear, tear and cracks in harsh type of environment.
Another advantage is that they can be easily cleaned with just a little water and come in a variety of fun colors and designs, to brighten up any garden.
5. Bamboo Stakes Can Be Used For Making Trellis
You can make a trellis with just bamboo stakes! These are an excellent alternative to plastic and metal ones as they look so good in natural surroundings. The versatility of bamboo makes it a popular material for building projects. It has been proven to last long like good quality woods - which means you don't need as much maintenance! Bamboo also provides us with sustainability in our environmental efforts since this plant can grow again quickly after being cut down.
6. Decompose Dead Leaves with Compost Bins
Compost bins help cut down the cost of paying for costly garden supplies. Composting dead leaves, flower heads and grass clippings will make the garden earth a more nutrient-rich place. Composting organic waste will not only save you money by recycling products, but it can also make the garden soil more fertile. This also means healthier food produce and more bountiful flowers.
Turning your food scraps and other biodegradable materials into compost will not only help you live more sustainably; it's also good for the environment. Composting reduces waste and less transportation to landfills as well!
7. Store Rainfalls with Rain Barrels
You can drastically cut your water consumption by using rain barrels to store and use the rainfall that falls on your property and storing it for later use. With the right plan, a sustainable gardener can conserve water resources in their garden by creating terraces that will protect against fast evaporation.
Where there is little rain, irrigation or direct watering tools can be used. For faster results, however, it’s best to use an automated system that does not waste any of your precious water and also ensures the plant gets attention. Be warned though, some plants aren't well-suited towards being watered with sprinklers or other automated tools because they may drown or be damaged by powerful sprays.
Looking To Launch Your Own Sustainable Gardening Tool Line?
Gairdin, pronounced “Gar-Jean”, is a gardening division within our parent company Diversitech Global.
They make a wide range of garden tools from sustainable materials that are certified and meet International Global Recycled Standards. Gardening products within its line are elegantly designed with natural contours, lines and shapes with practicality. They include: eco flower pots, self-watering planters, and various sustainable gardening tool sets.
Together using recycled metal, Ocean-Bound Plastics are captured and also recycled before they enter waterways that would have otherwise ended up in open waters. Algae-Blended Resin, a renewable and naturally grown biomass, replaces the commonplace oil-based thermoplastics.
Whether it's in initial design or final packaging, find originality and innovation with sustainable gardening tools from Gairdin.
If you’re looking for an excuse to get into sustainable gardening, look no further than the tools you use. With a few simple changes, you can start practicing sustainability while gardening. This will help reduce your impact on the environment, and also save you time and money in the long run.