MINDFUL GARDENING| Cut the Chemicals

Our mission as a company is to minimize the use of chemicals used in our gardens, with the aim to eventually eradicate chemicals.

This over-use of chemicals in our gardens is harming the eco-system and needs to be prevented as much as possible. Our private gardens are our personal little havens that we tend to and enjoy. But imagine if we all utilised our little humble spaces in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way to contribute to the environment instead of harming it.

Chemical Free Grass

But, is there an acceptable use of chemical spraying in our gardens?

Hard Surfaces

This is one of the only times chemical use can be needed especially with large weed ridden surfaces. It is not time or cost effective for anyone to pick out weeds by hand from a hard surface. A glysophate based chemical weed killer in this situation is, in my view, an acceptable compromise. The life under a hard surface is minimal and deep underground beneath the surface, membrane and hardcore base. Therefore, the chemicals won’t penetrate the soil and have as large an effect on the micro-organisms as it would if applied directly to soil. The air will still be affected and the chemicals are still dangerous to our health. We have a range of organic solutions that will feature in the next blog.

When is it not appropriate to use chemicals in our gardens?

Any other surface other than hard surfaces, chemicals have a devastating effect on. The main chemical in glysophate based chemical products can stay in the soil for 2 years and has a massive effect on the micro-organisms.

Selective herbicides used in lawns to treat a trefoil invasion can be justified if used sparingly and broad leaves should be removed by hand. We again have several organic options for lawn weeds which we are developing all the time.

All chemicals used on lawns are detrimental to our eco-system in more ways than one. They can physically change the genetic makeup of the grass and the chemical can sit on top of leaves killing any insect that lands on it, including pollinators such as bees. Our mindset towards the use of chemicals on our lawns and plants is quite honestly outrageous and the movement towards a chemical free gardening is widespread amongst the true gardeners out there. Take responsibility and use chemicals sparingly.