Table of contents:
- Solar powered lighting
- Instead of the usual supports for vines - sculptures from solar panels
- Recycling wood
- We forget about concrete thanks to dry masonry and gabion walls
- Your fertilizers are always the best
- We change decorative reservoirs for irrigation
- Instead of artificial filters - natural fit
- No separate plantings - mix plants all together
Video: Fashionable Eco-ideas For The Garden
Eco-trends in gardening are becoming more and more popular. Decisions that are made with respect for nature and awareness of our own responsibility for the preservation of the environment always pay off handsomely. The choice of materials, technologies, options for arrangement, recycling of raw materials (materials) or revision of the possibilities of their application open up new opportunities and completely unexpected prospects. Eco-mode does not stand still: every year the world captures more and more ideas that help make your garden more environmentally friendly.
As a rule, those who are looking for an ecological solution to even a small problem and choose natural options for arranging even in "small things" can no longer give up the desire to make their garden as friendly to nature as possible and follow eco-fashion always and in everything. After all, such decisions, made on a whim or deliberately, over time, more and more fully reveal their potential. From the choice of fertilizers to the more careful selection of finishing and paving materials, biotechnology and ecodesign always pay for themselves.
Recently, trends in the development of ecodesign from simple "building" ideas are moving to rethinking the possibilities of arranging individual garden objects in a new way, replacing familiar technologies with rational renewable resources. In search of sustainable solutions, they look at the heart of the problem and redefine the foundations of design.
Thanks to the changed approach to these issues, the possibilities of decorating gardens have expanded significantly. And as an alternative to the usual solutions for any garden, regardless of its style and size, you can find interesting ideas that will change our life and the world around us for the better. Let's take a closer look at the most fashionable trends in the arrangement of sustainable gardens.
Solar powered lighting
Today, special garden lanterns that accumulate the energy of the sun during the day and help illuminate the garden in the evenings are no longer a rarity. And the price of such lamps will delight any gardener: they do an excellent job of saving resources and money.
In order for such lights to fulfill their role fully, they must be properly installed. Place the lanterns not in pairs opposite each other, but in a zigzag pattern, as close to the edges of the paths as possible - so that the light falls on the coating in the evening and, as it were, illuminates the adjacent landings from the inside. But you should not limit yourself to paths: place half of the lanterns in each decorative composition, near the most advantageous plants, so that in the evening their appearance in soft light will give the garden more attractiveness, and maybe even captivating.
Instead of the usual supports for vines - sculptures from solar panels
Even if you are just looking at renewable energy technologies and are not going to equip the roof of a house or other buildings with solar installations, you can still use solar panels on the site very rationally.
Today, along with conventional panels, the market for renewable resources is actively replenished with sculptures powered by solar panels - pyramids, obelisks, "cubes" or pillars that accumulate solar energy, and when dusk comes, they turn on and light up the garden. Unlike small flashlights, these pyramids are not only able to create a sufficiently intense backlight, but also generate electricity that can be used for other purposes.
The solution to the problem of deforestation and the reduction of the area of the "lungs of the planet" depends on you and me. Today, the fashion for using, at least in landscape design, recycled wood has reached us. Of course, there is no question of the availability of convenient and versatile warehouses where it would be possible to buy recyclable materials and choose a tree to your liking, giving new life to old, but still suitable wood. But much simpler options are available to everyone:
- the use of pallets and wooden supports (they can be obtained free of charge, and can be bought in building supermarkets or hypermarkets);
- analysis of scaffolding and the use of their boards;
- the use of remnants of boards and beams left over from construction work or the demolition of old buildings;
- helping neighbors or acquaintances who have accumulated "rubbish" - lumber or recyclable materials - in determining the use of the latter.
They can be used in different ways. The easiest option is to enclose the garden with a fence or wooden wall. But old boards and beams are also suitable for fencing beds, paving paths and platforms, and even for building supports and pergolas, screens, boxes for flower girls. And those who love tinkering will surely find many interesting projects for the independent production of garden furniture.
We forget about concrete thanks to dry masonry and gabion walls
Concrete and artificial stone are materials that have no place in a sustainable garden. Technologies for paving, building, and strengthening slopes are chosen from among the simpler, but also much more durable masonry methods. Dry masonry and a modern, albeit revived, method of using gabions are eco-fashion trends that should be used in any garden.
In terms of reliability, dry walls eventually surpass any structures using concrete. After all, such walls do not interfere with air and water exchange, effectively hold the soil, without creating an impenetrable fence. But if in the construction of dry walls you need to be able to correctly calculate the angle of inclination, and you are still limited in the maximum height, then with gabions you can build even the highest embankments and break even the most complex gardens into terraces.
Gabions can be filled with recyclable materials, not just "brand new" boulders, gravel, pebbles or rubble. After all, old gravel, removed from coatings or stone that has lost its decorative effect will perform a function no worse than new ones.
Your fertilizers are always the best
Ecological gardening is impossible without competent waste recycling and creation of our own fertilizers - compost, a supply of green fertilizers and plant infusions. It is better to hide such purely functional objects not behind landings, but behind objects intended for similar purposes.
So, compost pits or cabinets can be easily disguised with beautiful containers and trash bins, into which it will be convenient to put waste intended for processing and use - vegetable and decomposable household waste. By collecting all the objects in one place, you can easily think about additional decoration, and save yourself from unnecessary expenditures of energy and energy.
We change decorative reservoirs for irrigation
Purely decorative ponds, like any reservoirs and water bodies, in principle, are the decoration and heart of any site. But if you want to use the full potential of your garden and rely on the competent use of resources, then instead of the task of overdecoration, put a completely different one at the fore. For any garden, one reservoir is enough, and it is better to combine all the functions in it at once - both recreational, ecological, and irrigation.
A pond as a source for an irrigation system and a collector of water on the site will solve many problems. Convenient walkways or a canopy, a cozy terrace, laconic decor and planting nearby will help create a beautiful and unusual water body without losing its usefulness. And the use of natural filters, the laying of open gutters and gutters with cascading drops will allow you not to abandon even waterfalls and streams.
Instead of artificial filters - natural fit
Water filtration systems for swimming pools, baths or simple decorative ponds, as well as for creating a water recycling system on the site, are now offered in a wide variety of assortments. But no special equipment can replace the capabilities of nature itself. Today, special fittings are increasingly considered as an excellent alternative to conventional filters. For those who want not a single drop of water to be wasted, natural filters can help in solving the problem of cleaning "gray" water no worse than chemical agents.
Plants in shallow water and wetlands contribute to healthier ponds and water quality. Their talents in recycling organic matter and suppressing pathogens can be used for other purposes as well. Natural filters in the form of thickets of aquatic plants are built in places of water flow in front of water collectors or as a decorative barrier-step in front of a reservoir.
Passing through such a vegetation barrier, water is slowly purified and becomes recyclable. The simplest (and most efficient) option for recycling through natural filters is reed beds surrounded by a dry wall.
No separate plantings - mix plants all together
The latest trend of ecological fashion, which draws inspiration from mix design, calls for mixing plants of different purposes and completely erasing the boundaries between a decorative and fruit garden, a vegetable garden and a flower garden. Plant fruit trees interspersed with shrubs, boldly add medicinal and spicy herbs to borders, vegetables to flower beds, replace the lawn with a Moorish one and add to it perennials actively propagating by self-seeding (like lupins and digitalis, poppy and aquilegia).
In short, create objects that have a little bit of everything and use every centimeter of soil. Beautiful flowering and wild, wholesome and suitable for cutting - there are no plants that cannot be mixed with each other, if only they suit the same conditions. This technique has several obvious advantages:
- attracting more beneficial insects and animals;
- rational use of space;
- the disadvantages of some plants are compensated by the attractiveness of their partners;
- a vegetable garden and an orchard do not require large costs and resources, and a decorative one brings, moreover, considerable benefits.