Whether you’re just getting started or have a well-established garden, adding sustainable elements to your garden means less work, less cost and more time to enjoy.
Shade trees are a natural way to reduce the heat absorbed through windows and rooftops, which can cut cooling costs. A medium-sized shade tree (less than seven metres tall) planted on the western side of a single-storey home can reduce summer cooling energy needs by 17%.
Trees also make great privacy screens, but be sure to plant where they will not block cooling summer breezes.
The more layers you have, the more biodiversity your garden will support.
Layers can also suppress weeds and reduce the amount of water needed to keep your garden thriving during the summer months.
If you need advice on how to layer your garden effectively, talk to the experts at the upcoming Brisbane Garden and Plant Expo.
As native plants are adapted to the local environment, they generally need less water and maintenance than exotic varieties. Natives are also cheaper and easier to grow.
The GroNative app creates planting guides specifically tailored to your postcode and garden style to provide your garden with year-round colour and wildlife.
The Brisbane City Council’s Free Native Plants program offers Brisbane ratepayers, schools and community groups two free native plants per year. The native species provided through the program help grow Brisbane’s urban forest and support local wildlife.
Growing even a small amount of your own food can make a difference to your budget and the environment, reducing greenhouse gasses by up to 25% and using one fifth the amount of water of a commercial operation.
You don’t even need a garden to grow produce as many varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs will grow will in a pot on a balcony or a sunny windowsill.
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