We won’t have a society if we destroy the environmentkk-admin
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY is coming up this month. Let’s take care of our planet and you can begin in your backyard!
- RECYCLE glass, paper and cans and buy recycled products
- REUSE plastic bags, bottles; donate surplus equipment or old magazines to charities
- REDUCE waste going to landfill sites! Start composting! Up to a third of household waste can be composted!
- REFUSE – don’t buy products that have excessive non-recyclable packaging
- ROT – start a compost heap or a Bokashi bin
- REPLANT – share your excess plants with friends and make your own cuttings
We will help you take care of your recycling – give us your waste pots and plastic!
Taking care of our planet also means that you can make your garden a haven for wildlife. Our nursery will hopefully give you some inspiration. We will show you:
- how to make compost using organic matter mixed with a compost activator
- how to attract animals to your garden. Birds, toads, lizards, chameleons and even genets and bush-babies can live in your garden. Provide them with a habitat for feeding, nesting, resting and breeding. Encourage insects by leaving dead organic material in the garden. Carefully use pesticides. Provide dense shrubbery away from the house. Put out food like chopped fruit or meat. Plant a patch of wild grass and allow it to seed.
- environmentally friendly ways to combat pests. Control garden pests the natural way. Indiscriminate spraying kills the baddies and the goodies. Don’t do this! Ladybirds, lacewings and spiders prey on pests. Protect them. Plant-feeding insects prefer soft, succulent new growth. This is encouraged by excessive watering and feeding – moderate amounts will be sufficient. Check plants regularly for pests and treat before they get out of hand. Mechanical control like hand picking of pests and pruning of affected parts are effective. Hadedas may be noisy, but they devour lawn pests. Use organic pesticides as they do not leave a poisonous residue. They eliminate pests without killing beneficial insects and wildlife. Why not try …. Ludwig’s Organic Insecticide, Margaret Roberts’ Organic Fungicide, Organic Insecticide and Biological Caterpillar Insecticide or the Biogrow range of insecticides and pesticides.
- Provide a shelter for the wildlife in your garden using environmentally friendly hard landscape materials e.g. pebbles, pavers, mulch, bark chips, weed guard and bird baths. These suppress the growth of weeds, keep your soil moist and stimulate micro-organism activity in the soil.
- The following indigenous plants will attract wildlife to your garden
- For birds – Tecomacapensis, Vachellia (Acacia), Celtis Africana, Erythrinalysistemon, Kniphofia, Strelitzia, Leonotisleonurus
- For butterflies – Searsia (Rhus), Restios, Bauhinia galpinii, Barleria, Plectranthus, Plumbago, Buddleia