DIY Garden Ideas that are Both Simple and Environmentally Friendly
With sustainable living practices receiving more focus than ever before, environmentally friendly DIY projects are taking centre-stage in terms of both ethics and aesthetics. The following ideas are easy to execute and require little in the way of new resources, presenting trendy ways to improve your garden for little environmental cost.
Spare cinderblocks are often left over after major renovation works such as an extension. Rather than leaving them stacked up in a corner of your garage, you can put them to good use in your garden, as the building blocks for a new plant arrangement. They are the perfect size and shape for harbouring flowers and small plants; simply stack them to your liking, fill them with soil and plant away. You can leave them as they are for a trendy brutalist aesthetic, or paint them using all-weather paints to suit your own tastes.
Chances are you are already cleaning and saving empty tins from cooking in order to recycle them. Why not repurpose them yourself, for a more efficient form of recycling? Tins are very versatile to work with, and can do an excellent job in a variety of outdoor uses – but one of the more bespoke ways in which you can re-use tins is by turning them into lighting. Battery-powered LED lights are easy to get hold of; simply paint and punch holes in your clean tins, stuff them with LED lighting and hang them around your garden for a unique and eye-catching way to illuminate your garden in the late evening.
Repurposing Garden Waste
Garden waste is easily wasted, but there are numerous creative ways to repurpose materials otherwise destined for landfill. Felled tree trunks can be cut into slices, which can then be used to create pathways in patio gravel or across your garden. Long twigs or sticks can be used to assist in your gardening efforts, as a support for growing plants. Even regular waste such as leaves and weeds can be re-used in the long-term – consider installing a small composter, and making your own fertile soil from compostable waste.
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