DFG's Guide to Sustainable Gardening

DFG's Guide to Sustainable Gardening

Gardening can be one of the most therapeutic activities there is. But, as much as we take from the Earth, we must also give back. 

At Douglas Forest & Garden, we’re all about sustainability. Whether you’re pruning roses in your garden in Cork or working as an arborist in the rugged forests of Glendalough, we’ve the tools and knowledge to ensure your jobs are performed with minimal ecological impact. 

Tools of an Eco-Conscious Gardener

The correct tools can make the difference between a garden that simply sustains life and one that positively contributes to a healthier planet. Sustainable gardening isn’t just about what plants you grow, it’s about how you tend to them. Let’s have a look at what makes a gardening tool green.

Durability Over Disposability

The golden rule is to choose tools that last. A well-made, durable spade that’ll only need to be bought once is a much more sustainable purchase than flimsy, plastic counterparts that will need to be bought again and again, even if they’re cheaper. The higher price point of more sustainable tools may be off putting but it definitely pays off in the long run. 

Reusability and Repair

Tools that can be repaired rather than simply bought again should take priority. Some wooden tools also come with extended guarantees, and metal ones can be repaired by a local blacksmith, which is good for the local economy also!

Ergonomic Considerations

As important as the health of the earth is, your own should take precedence. That’s why you should choose ergonomically designed tools that ensure minimal chance of injury. 

Battery Power

If you're using machinery such as a mower or strimmer, there's a wide range of battery powered tools you can use to reduce your carbon footprint.

Water Wisdom

As abundant as the rain is on our lovely emerald isle, you should always be conscious of the water resources you use. Water your plants without wasting and make use of drip irrigation kits and rain barrels that boost your sustainability when working with water. 

Soil Health

Practising domestic sustainability is incomplete without the act of composting. It reduces waste, improves soil health, and can be done from your own garden. Make sure to mix your compost in with the soil to support the growth of your plants.

Conscious Consumption and Plant Choices

Every plant has its place in the ecology of its environment and every gardener needs to consider the impact of their choices. Native plants are a great choice for sustainable gardens as they’re adapted to the local environment, require fewer resources, and support local biodiversity.

Organic Options

If you can, choose organic seeds to ensure your garden is free from potentially harmful chemicals. 

Planting the Seeds of Change

Sustainable gardening is a combination of caring for the earth and taking pleasure in the spiritual growth it provides. Take the time to choose tools that echo this philosophy and you’ll be making a positive impact on the environment.

Visit us here in Frankfield or call us on 021-4965132 to get expert advice on the best tools and machinery for you!