The days of artificial-looking, super-manicured gardens filled with alien plant species are over. Instead, the era of a healthy indigenous garden, hosting a biodiverse habitat for local pollinators, has arrived. All in the name of a more sustainable, eco-friendly approach to planting in this century.
So how do we do this? How DO you create a more biodiverse Irish Garden this spring?
There is a lot of good advice on making simple, thoughtful interventions in our properties to cultivate a healthier Irish Garden that supports the environment and local species.
Why Aim For Biodiversity In Your Garden?
Fend off The 6th Mass Extinction
Biodiversity is a goal worth aiming for in the face of what some scientists predict is the 6th Mass Extinction. Unfortunately, this means many indigenous species may be lost to us in the next few years, with possibly dangerous ramifications for our local ecosystems.
Our very own Irish Government has declared a Biodiversity Emergency.
Do It To Save The Pollinators
Take, for example, the loss of crucial pollinators like bees and butterflies. Their absence will have negative consequences for our food supply too. At times like these, EVERY GARDEN is vital to the cause.
Enjoy Nature’s Healing Effect
Nature is good for us, especially those living in urban environments. Exposure to more natural environments is good for your mental health. In addition, it can help stave off allergies in our younger generation by exposing them to more biodiversity at a young age.
A green ribbon, no matter how small in your little urban space, even if it's just a balcony, will also help us stave off the harsher effects of pollution and reduce flooding.