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While gardening, in general, may seem like the most accessible route to a greener home, how you design your outdoor space can have a notable effect on how eco-friendly it is.

From the use of chemical-pesticides to removing precious trees, certain actions within the garden landscape can have a profoundly negative impact on the environment around you.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can counteract this and make your garden the ultimate scene for going green.

 

eco friendly garden ideas

 

Greendependence

When it comes to giving back to their environment, self-sufficiency is the perfect way to save energy and resources while saving the planet at the same time. Here are a few ways you can make the most of what you have at your disposal and take one step closer to garden independence.

 

Upcycle Old Goods

One of the most effective ways to reduce waste is to reuse what you already have. Luckily, when it comes to the garden, there are a wide variety of ways to make the most of what you’ve already got and repurpose your old goods with a new lease of life.

With a little creativity and a bit of elbow grease, older items that are past their prime can be completely revitalised by gaining permanent residence in your garden. Turning an old chair or table into garden furniture is an easy transition and can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint.

Meanwhile, a wide variety of items can be repurposed as garden planters, from wheelbarrows and metal washtubs to chandeliers and birdcages – the list is limited only to the confines of your creativity. Even an old tyre can make an effective planter!

 

Water Collection

As far as recycling goes, water collection is a great place to start. It’s simple, requires very little effort and your source material literally falls from the sky. All you have to do is disperse it when needed!

If you are an avid gardener, watering your plants is a chore you will already be familiar with. On the other hand, if you are new to the gardening game and looking to dip your toe in the water, it helps if that water is already there waiting.

Collecting water saves on tap water and makes for the perfect way to water your new upcycled garden planters. Water butt kits can be found at any good hardware store, while a variety can also be found online.

 

Grow a Pear

What better way to take a give back to the environment and gain a great sense of achievement at the same time than by planting your own fruit and veg in your own garden?

Growing your own fruit and veg not only reduces your impact on the environment but, from an economic standpoint, it’s considerably cheaper too.

Meanwhile, there are also a number of eco-friendly benefits to growing your own food too. With zero transportation and potentially no pesticide use involved, your garden could well be the perfect place to turn your kitchen green.

 

Eco-Friendly Decking

When it comes to eco-friendly garden ideas, composite decking is an environmentally-friendly option that not only looks good but does good too. At TimberTech, we go the extra mile to make sure your composite decking is as green as can be.

 

Waste Not, Want Not

Made from a unique blend of recycled hardwood and pure polymer resins, our deck boards fit the eco-friendly edict of reuse and repurpose in the pursuit of waste reduction.

Unlike traditional wood decking products, no trees are felled in the production of our composite deck boards and all of our wood materials come from reclaimed wood.

Meanwhile, 50% of the polymer used is also the result of recycling, creating an end-product that boasts a composition that’s made up of 73% recycled materials in total.

 

Long-Term Investment

The durable qualities of our composite decking products make them a one-time purchase for many homeowners, further benefitting the environment by negating the need for additional decking in the foreseeable future.

What’s more, TimberTech composite decking requires no painting, sealing or staining throughout its lifecycle making the use of harmful chemicals completely unnecessary, further contributing to the environment.

 

Sustainably-Sourced

Our end goal is to ultimately make TimberTech products from 95% recycled materials and, we’re pleased to say that this isn’t too far off.

A number of our newest additions scheduled for release this year are made from 100% recycled resin, comprising of items that once served as shampoo bottles, milk jugs and plastic wrap.

Meanwhile, our manufacturing process has also been given the eco-friendly treatment as well, with 99% of the waste material being reclaimed for reuse.

Even the packaging we use to house our products is made from recycled materials and is itself 100% recyclable.

 

So, there you have it: a few eco-friendly garden ideas to help you contribute to a healthier planet today. For more information on eco-friendly garden ideas or to find out more about sustainable composite decking from TimberTech, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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We share our gardens with a plethora of wildlife creatures, from birds and bees, right down to woodlice and trees– they all visit or make their homes in our outdoor areas. It’s our duty to take them into consideration when we create our gardens.

If you are someone who loves gardening and conservation then TimberTech decking is an excellent choice for you. Our decking is made in an eco-friendly and sustainable way and it requires little to no maintenance so you’ll have plenty of time to improve and enjoy other areas of your garden.

We want you to incorporate your decking into a flourishing and eco-friendly garden so we’ve put together a couple of ideas to inspire you.

Give plants a new lease of life in a decking planter

One of our favourite design features for any decked area is a planter created using decking! Planters provide valuable space for preserving established plants that you had to remove when installing your decking, but they can also give life to new plants and flowers too. Planters are at a convenient height for people who struggle to tend to ground level flower beds and are guaranteed to look great with minimal effort.

The picture you see here shows a planter made of decking that has been integrated into a bench design too. Using the same decking to create multiple features throughout your garden creates a polished look and also saves you buying unnecessary extra materials – making your garden even more eco-friendly!

Be conscious of the bees

Since you’ll have so much spare time to tend to your garden once you’ve installed your low-maintenance TimberTech composite decking, why not try your hand at creating a garden home for bees? Any type of shelter you can provide with small holes for them to explore will suffice. Bamboo and wooden are a great choice of materials for this project and won’t harm the environment. Get creative and add a bee home to your eco-friendly garden, then sit back, relax on your deck and watch the bees enjoy!

Feed the birds

Whether you’re an avid or part-time bird watcher, you can do your bit for the birds by introducing bird feeders and water tables to your decking. Bird feeders are a great way of attracting unusual and interesting species of birds for you to look at, and giving them a little extra calorie boost is sure to help struggling populations grow! You can make a bird feeder using pretty much anything, recycle an old bottle tray or dish and simply fill it with bird feed and watch the birds flock!

Give hedgehogs a home

In the winter, hedgehogs need a place that they can safely hibernate. Now that you’ll have plenty of time to get creative, why not create a hedgehog shelter in a shaded area of your garden? These will be a great asset to your eco-friendly garden all year round – providing a place for hedgehogs to rest out of the sun, breed and sleep in summer.

Do these ideas make your keen to get out and enjoy your garden? Why not speak to our 3D design team about creating an image to show you how your garden would look when once completed, for FREE! Click the button below to request a 3D deck design.

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