The Garden Ecosystem: Nurturing Nature

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Cutting back on energy consumption and reducing our carbon footprint is something that is at the forefront of everyone’s minds today. As the world becomes more aware of the threatening effects of global warming and as homeowners become more in tune with the benefits of sustainable living, the need for energy efficient solutions for the home is bigger than ever.

But there are other ways of giving back to the environment other than reducing water and energy usage inside the home. Outside the home, we can also do our bit for Mother Nature.

The garden ecosystem is something we rarely think about but saving the ecosystem is something that we can all help to do. So how can you strike that natural balance in your garden an attract, grow or nurture life?

The most important thing to know is that the more diverse an ecosystem, the more stable it is. So within your contained ecosystem, it’s important that you encourage wildlife and plant life. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Look after your soil – it’s hard to know where an eco system starts and ends as it’s more of a cycle that continues with life and death. But your soil is a great starting point, making home for all sorts of living organisms. Feed your soil with leaves and organic materials that can release nutrients.
  2. Redesign your garden – if you are serious about creating a backyard that attracts wildlife and diversity, it’s important to have a garden design that helps you achieve this. Consider fencing to keep your ecosystem contained, paving to mark clear pathways for your day to day gardening and have a considered approach to your plant beds. Visit Milford Fencing & Paving to find out more.
  3. Nurture plant communities – plants, just like humans, develop and grow in communities. Discover a whole new world of gardening by creating attractive communities that can inspire more diversity in your garden ecosystem.
  4. Attract birds and mammals to your garden – make your garden more attractive to birds and mammals by providing the very things that they go in search of. Provide food or install a bird feeder and consider having a garden pond to provide water for thirsty animals. Another way to attract wildlife to your garden is to embrace bugs and insects that live in your garden. Whilst some people may find creepy crawlies terrifying, they are actually essential for keeping our ecosystem in check.

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