One in five Brits say they have no idea how to go about greening their outdoor space – and wish more green gardening products were available
Millions of adults are greening the interiors of their homes – but are struggling to embrace a green life in the garden.
More than a quarter (26%) have not changed their garden to make it sustainable in the last five years – compared to nine in 10 who have done so for the inside of their home.
The study of 2,000 gardeners found that nearly a third (31%) would welcome the wider availability of greener gardening products.
And a fifth admitted they have no idea how to make their outdoor space more eco-friendly.
The research was commissioned by garden specialists Hozelock to launch the EasyMix 2-in-1 composter.
Hozelock’s Sarah Dixon said: “Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and although we often hear about the different ways to make changes in the home, such as how B. replacing devices or installing a smart meter, nature is often overlooked.
“It’s interesting to see how people want to be more sustainable in their garden – and are trying to be.
“There are many different ways to make gardens greener, such as B. Composting, adding pollinating flowers and plants like crocus or lavender, growing your own fruits and vegetables, and reducing the use of chemicals.
“Every small change can make a big difference, and with Spring and Summer coming, there’s no better time to start adopting new habits outdoors.”
The study also found that almost one in four (23%) are unaware if the products they use are damaging their garden.
But many admit they still use weed killer (36%), insect repellent (22%) and peat compost (20%).
And one in ten (11%) flushes excess weed killer down the drain, while 16% are known to light a campfire in their yard.
To be sustainable, 31% have planted pollinating flowers and 26% installed a gutter or rain barrel to collect rainwater in the last five years.
Almost two-thirds (65%) agreed there is not enough information and tips about composting, and only 30% currently do so to get rid of yard waste.
Another eighth (14%) feel “guilty” about the amount of garden waste they send to landfill.
Respondents via OnePoll felt that a sustainable garden would typically feature rain barrels (55%), fruit and vegetable beds (53%) and compost bins (52%).
When it comes to outdoor space, 62% admitted that ease of maintenance is important to them, while 42% value how attractive it is to wildlife and only 31% consider how environmentally friendly it is.
Changes that garden owners would like to make but have not yet done include growing their own fruits and vegetables (29%), composting their own waste (23%) and planting more trees (21%).
TV shows (29%) are the top source of information for people on how to live sustainably, followed by social media (24%) and magazines (18%).
Sarah Dixon added: “Composting is an effective way to be more sustainable in the garden, but it’s often seen as complex and time-consuming – but there are now products that can simplify the process.
“For example, a tumbling composter allows you to easily recycle kitchen and garden waste, preventing food waste from going to landfill while improving the quality of your soil.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/gardening/brits-struggle-eco-friendly-gardens-26546120 The British design their houses to be more environmentally friendly – but have a hard time doing so in the garden