Green Home & Garden Tips: Get Ready for Summer

summer gardening

summer gardening

With summer fast approaching, getting proactive with making home improvements is much easier and more achievable. Check out these tips.

Start a Compost Heap

Reduce your food and landfill waste and make your garden thrive with no additional cost. Pick the perfect spot on well-drained soil, introduce earthworms and think about getting a compost activator. When established, turn the pile regularly to introduce oxygen and speed the composting process. What can you put in?

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Egg shells
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Grass trimmings and plant material such as twigs, hay and leaves and leaf mould.
  • Plate scrapings – remove meat and bones first to deter pests like foxes and rats.
  • Shredded paper, card and egg cartons
  • Nuts, shells and kernels, pine cones and needles
  • Cold wood ashes

Swap you Household Products for Green Alternatives

Chemicals in household products can have a negative impact on your health as well as the environment. Instead of using harmful chemicals, there are so many non-toxic and natural alternatives you can use that can save you money as well as help you do your bit for the environment. White vinegar is great for all purpose cleaning all around the home, as is baking soda, lemon juice, corn starch, washing soda and borax.

Upgrade Your Insulation

Summer is a good time to think about insulation; making your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter isn’t just good for your own comfort – it’ll help you save on bills. Check if you’re eligible for free insulation from your council before you make any purchases.

Repair and Reuse Wood – Don’t Replace

If you have wooden furniture that’s feeling its age, don’t rush to the shops to replace it straight away. There are lots of ways you can reuse or repair your wooden furniture and fittings that will be a fraction of the cost of newly bought items and can even help you make new additions. Some ideas:

  • Weatherproof your garden shed in summer to protect it from future bad weather.
  • Repaint or re-varnish your furniture to give it a new lease of life and make it last longer – check out Mighton for wood treatment.
  • Wooden pallets can be made in to so many things – all you need is inspiration
  • You can use old wood to burn in a wood burner or chimenea, or even a bonfire.

Making green home changes is not only better for the environment, your bank balance, and for yourself. This is by no means an extensive list, but it’s a good place to start.

 

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