If youâve read my previous post, Garden Design trends for 2014, you will know that this year the gardening buzz is all about creating an outdoor space to enjoy more leisure time whilst keeping it green.
From growing your own fruits and vegetables for drinking and eating, harvesting rainwater and encouraging more wildlife into our gardens, sustainable gardening is also a trend that Iâm pleased to say will be with us for some time.
But what if you are redesigning your garden, how can you keep it green, inexpensive and built to last for this year and those to come? Here are some top tips to get you started.
The trend of making your garden an extension of your home can be effortlessly achieved with a little creative upcycling. From upcycling an old bedroom dresser into an unique garden planter to old picture frames into vertical garden art, there are lots of ways in which you can re-purpose an old, unloved home interior item into a garden centrepiece.
If youâve never upcycled before, why not cut your teeth on this simple project, an upcycled teacup bird feeder, Make Your Own Upcycled Teacup Bird Feeder itâs super cute and so easy to make.
Keeping on trend, add a little culture to your garden whilst keeping it green by choosing Fair trade products. With everything you could think of available on the market including recycled rice bag planters from Cambodia, to Fair trade glass sun mobiles from Indonesia and handmade recycled metal garden sculptures from South Africa, there are lots of beautifully crafted, unique products from around the world that will add interest and colour to your garden whilst improving the lives of their producers and the environment.
When creating a garden for leisure time, itâs vital that anything you add doesnât become a time burden. From large lawns which need regular mowing to shrubs that need pruning, anything that requires regular maintenance are a no-no â and that goes for garden landscaping too.
One product that ticks both the time-saving and environmentally-friendly boxes are Kedelâs Recycled Plastic Palisades. Experts in creating beautiful, robust recycled plastic wood garden furniture and outdoor products, Kedelâs recycled mixed plastic lumber palisades are ideal for edging garden borders and pathways whilst keeping your gardenâs carbon footprint to a minimum.
Made from 100% British recycled mixed plastic wood lumber which is sourced and diverted from UK landfill, including old milk bottle cartons, plastic buckets and paint trays, Kedelâs energy-efficient* palisades look exactly like wood, yet unlike their wooden counterparts which require continual care, they require no maintenance at all.
Available in brown and grey, Kedelâs palisades also last 5 times longer than treated wood as they do not rot, suffer from mould growth and are impervious to insects, ensuring your garden retains itâs good looks for years to come and save you money** without you ever having to lift a greenfinger again!
In addition to landscaping products, Kedel also have a fabulous range of hardwearing outdoor furniture which is frost-proof, UV protected, meaning it will not fade, AND can be left outside all year round without any need for maintenance â ever!
To find out just how good Kedelâs recycled plastic wood products are, look out for my full review of their Recycled Mixed Plastic Ogee Interlocking Hollow Palisades where Iâll be installing them as part of my easy green garden makeover.
So remember if you want your garden to be bang on trend this year without costing the earth, just think green.
*Recycled plastic production uses 66% less energy than virgin plastic production and one tonne of recycled plastic produces 250% less Carbon Dioxide during manufacture compared to 1 tonne of virgin plastic production.
**WRAPâS cost comparison study showed that recycled plastic lifetime costs are much lower than wood wherever the project will be continually exposed to the elements.