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Tips and targets for planet-friendly gardening

Tips and targets for planet-friendly gardening

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has recently published a report on a subject close to our hearts at Amberol – sustainability. The Society’s new Sustainability Strategy includes advice on planet-friendly gardening as a way of combatting climate change. It also explores key targets around nature such as being water neutral by 2030, and the beneficial impact that horticulture can have on people.

A strategy for the environment

Like Amberol, the RHS believes that good horticultural practice, planting and greening our surroundings is an important part of tackling the negative effects of changes in the environment.

As part of the drive towards planet-friendly gardening, the RHS has identified some key areas:

  1. Planting for the environment - there really is no downside to creating attractive displays and great gardens filled with plants. Not only are plants an important part of tackling climate change, they are also a critical part of the food chain as well as creating essential natural habitats. In addition, gardening is recognised as a highly effective stress reliever in a world where good mental health is becoming increasingly challenged.

    However, choosing the right plant for the right purpose and location can be difficult for those without expert horticultural knowledge. the RHS has lots of useful information on plants that are good for the environment, plants that attract pollinators and which plants to choose for smaller spaces.
  2. Managing water – the RHS also has lots of useful tips on collecting and storing water as well as guidance on watering plants correctly. There is no one-size-fits-all guide to watering: different plants in different environments and conditions need differing amounts of water in different frequencies.

    Furthermore, overwatering can be as much of a problem as underwatering. Using Amberol’s self-watering planters avoids the watering trap as the plants access water only when it is required. This means that not only do plants get the optimum amount of moisture for healthy growth, it also means that water is conserved and used only as needed. Self-watering planters are mentioned by the RHS as an environmentally friendly way of watering.
  3. Preventing pollution - advice from the RHS on reducing the use of chemicals suggests replacing their use with more environmentally friendly methods of protecting plants from pests. For example through good husbandry such as tackling pests as soon as they appear or by manual removal. Ways of preventing weed growth centre around using good cultivation methods and having high standards of garden hygiene. The RHS also urges consideration around single use plastics.

The plastic question

Customers sometimes query the fact that our self-watering planters and litter bins are made from polyethylene, especially as we are committed as a company to responsible environmental practice. However, we consider our products to be ecologically sound: our black planters and bins are made from recycled polyethylene, while all our products can be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Add to this the fact that our planters and bins typically last for a minimum of two decades and often have greater longevity than many other materials such as wooden or terracotta planters, and we feel that our products offer a great green solution.

Find out more….

You can find out more about RHS’ Sustainability Strategy here.

To find out more about how Amberol litter bins, planters and planterware offer an environmentally friendly solution, call 01773 830 930 or email sales@amberol.co.uk.