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12 ways to grow a low-carbon garden

Tips from the Royal Horticultural Society on the twin approach to gardening sustainably.

Read RHS Gardening’s “12 ways to grow a low-carbon garden”.

Treasuring trees

Trees provide shelter and homes for wildlife and help improve air quality. If you have a garden, why not add a hedge or a fruit tree this year? Hedges are excellent for wildlife to hide in, and fruit trees provide a locally grown treat for later in the year. Did you know you can plant trees in pots of 90cm and more? These are excellent for small gardens and patios.

Make sure to water them thoroughly in the warmer months and add mulch as required. The tree planting season ends at the end of March and starts again in September, although it’s possible to plant in pots throughout the year.