I love to get out in the garden and just let myself go. The idea of not only creating something that looks beautiful, but is also alive and well gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction. However, it wasn’t until recently that I started to think about greenhouse gases. If I’m honest, the subject came up at a party and I was swiftly put in my place about how “green” I am.
You see, I use various appliances to help me keep my garden just so, and I was shocked to find out that some of them are probably not doing the atmosphere around me much good. In fact, the knock-on effect from producing too much in the way of greenhouse gas practically caused me to fall off my chair! So, for this reason, I decided to do a little research and share my findings with like-minded people like you.
Keep the Grass Neat and Tidy
What’s the first thing you think about when reading the above heading? Yes, that’s right, a lawnmower! Now I don’t know about you, but this is one of the gardening jobs I don’t exactly relish (except when it’s done)! I’ve been through my fair share of mowers over the years, and each time I’ve tried something different.
As an avid gardener yourself, you’ll already know there are various ways of fueling a garden appliance like this. You can get electric, petrol and even battery these days. Of course, you can still get the good old-fashioned push mower, but the chances are you won’t be choosing one of those anytime soon.
for Heavy Duty Gardeners
The next, less obvious garden appliance (unless you’ve got lots of trees and bushes) is the chainsaw. These also come with various power options which are pretty much the same as those above except, of course, for the “push” type. Chainsaws can make the heavier jobs around your garden much easier, but the point of me writing this article is to let you know how they affect your carbon footprint.
I’m not saying you should disappear off to the garage and have a sale for all the appliances you have, but knowing where you can save on greenhouse gas emissions might just make you think twice about your next choice. If you are in the market for a new chainsaw, I thought it worthwhile mentioning that Husqvarna and GreenWorks both get top ratings, especially in respect of using GHG producing fuels like petrol or electric.
Love Natural? Go Natural!
Ok, so I’ve hit on a couple of the garden power tools you more than likely use, and when you think about it, these are just the tip of the iceberg. As I’ve said, powered tools can really help in the garden, and for some of us, keeping the perfect green space would be impossible without them. Although, there are things you can do that will help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas you produce.
If you have the space plant plenty of carbon dioxide guzzling plants. Trees are a perfect example and they don’t have to be massive pinewoods! Think about the types of pesticides you use or other products that are manufactured using chemicals. Sure, they might seem like the easy option, but you’ll be surprised at how easy (and effective) homemade options are.
Water, Water and More Water
I can see the brows furrowing as you read the above sub-heading. After all, the less water you use, the more you save on bills and it helps the environment. That said, your garden won’t thank you for not giving it a good watering now and then. So, here’s how you can reduce harmful emissions without compromising the life in your garden.
Make use of the water that falls from the sky! There are plenty of ways to capture rain. You can get rain barrels, create little reservoirs (also good for wildlife), and install smart sprinkler systems. One “old school” tip is to recycle water you use in the home. Things like dishwater, water from your bath, and even the water you collect from a dehumidifier can be used to keep your garden green and lush.
it’s a Matter of Thought
Like I said at the beginning of this article, I’ve learned a lot about how keeping a great looking garden can be damaging to the environment which originally sounded a little hypocritical because by creating this space I thought I was helping. However, I wasn’t really making use of all the natural ways of doing this.
It just takes a little thought and yes, alright, a little more effort but I know I’ll be able to take way more pride in this all-important hobby of mine. After all, being surrounded by plants (and wildlife) that are healthy and look their best is what I’m trying to achieve. The mere idea that gardening could be detrimental to the environment isn’t one I relish.