If you’re enjoying the glorious summer weather and want to take your garden up a notch with a perfectly pruned oasis that takes minimal effort and is easy on the environment, then read on.

The team at Ridgewater Sales and Lettings has rounded up some of their favourite eco-friendly gardening tips.

1 PLANT YOUR OWN PRODUCE

Our number one tip is to grow your own vegetables and herbs. On top of the feel-good factor of watching your plants grow, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint by not buying fresh supermarket produce, which often takes a lot more energy to produce than you may think!

You don’t need vast amounts of land to grow your own veg. You can even start with an easy-to-care-for little veg patch on a small balcony if that’s all the space you have.

2 MAKE YOUR OWN COMPOST

Setting up your own compost is a lot simpler than it sounds. It’s an excellent sustainable gardening practice too, as it means you can get rid of waste without adding to landfill. Bonus: your compost will also produce lots of nutrient-rich soil for your plants.

3 KEEP WATER USAGE TO A MINIMUM

Want to know the easiest way to make your gardening practices in Torbay more eco-friendly? Limit your water usage. Feed your plants with rainwater by installing a water butt. Water your plants and soil with a hose instead of getting a sprinkler. Choose plants that don’t require frequent watering. Mulch by covering the soil with a porous material.

4 PLANT NATIVE PLANTS AND TREES

Opt for plants and trees that are native to your region. It’ll be a lot easier to maintain them as they’re designed to thrive naturally in their local habitat and climate.

5 USE NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO PESTICIDES

Never use chemical-laden pesticides. Many natural alternatives work just as well at preventing pests.

If you are thinking of selling your property in Torbay, call Ridgewater Sales and Lettings on 01803 525100 or message neil@ridgewater.co.uk

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