We here at It Is Your Garden promis to always protect you, your pets, your children, and the environment from our activities.
We do not burn waste, or send it to landfill. We will only ever use products that are PROVERN to be safe for all concerned. We will always work safely and organize our works to keep you safe.
You may live in a concrete house, work in a glass office block, and workout in a steal framed barn they call a gym, but without nature none of these things would exist!
It matters not if you deliberately affect the environment, every day you open a package and have to dispose of waste. The sun rises and it may be to hot for you so you turn on the air conditioning. The sun sets so you turn on a light. Like it or not you are affecting the environment and the delicate balance of nature.
The birds flying high, nesting in the trees, and eating insects. The ant crawling up a tree, working tirelessly for it's community. The bee buzzes past your ear, stripes glaring as a warning.
All of these things get taken for granted but are all significant, the birds are eating insects, many of which would damage our food supplies or make us ill; the ant is dragging plant material and insect bodies down in to it's nest where they are recycled,
the bee pollinates plants, and buzzes past your ear to make sure you know it is there.
If a bee knows you are there and how to warn you of it's presents, then it must know of it's place in the balance of nature.
The environment in which we live is a sensitive balance of nature that needs protecting from mankind's abuses. It is always important to carefully manage our effects on this balance and reduce harmful influences such as waste, chemicals, and fumes. It is a matter of importance to us at 'It Is Your Garden' to avoid the use of chemicals, or the burning of waste whenever possible.
All potentially environmentally harmful practices are strictly monitored and managed to protect you, your children, your animals, the public at large, and above all the environment by appropriatelly qualified and experienced staff who perform formal risk assessments on every task that has a perceived risk.
This includes the use of chemicals such as herbicides (Herbicides are a petrochemical product for pest or plant control and come under the pesticide regulations.), chemical plant feeds, fertilizers, and soil conditioners (Many would be suprised to discover most of these come under the same regulations as herbicides.), 'Weed and Feed' lawn products and treated plant seeds (Again come under the same regulations.). Therefore all products of the above types are avoided whenever possible by It Is Your Garden.
Waste management is simple and takes only a little thought, unfortunatelly some local authorities make green waste recycling hard work by not providing propper kirbside collection facilities. Some parts of our service area fair better than others in this department, throught Hertfordshire a large brown wheelie bin is provided that gets collected every 2 weeks. Other areas are not so lucky, Bedforshire for instance provide a small green bag approximately 10 inches3 for 2 weeks of green waste which is not enough for even the modern 'postage stamp' sized gardens. No matter what size your green waste facilities are there will always be times when you run out of space but a little thought and preperation will solve the issues. Build a compost bin, use some old pallets or pieces of wooden furniture for this and an old piece of carpet makes a great cover, then simply sort your green waste a little as you work. Try using 2 buckets while weeding, one for soft weeds, flower heads, and grass cuttings, the other for woody weeds like bramble, tree sapplings, and trimmings from your shrubs or roses. All of the soft stuff can go into your compost bin along with patato peelings, vegtable trimmings, tea bags etc from the kitchin (but NOT meat, rice, pasta, or bread products as they will attract rats!); then simply place all the other tuffer green waste and kitchin waste into your green waste recycling bin or food waste bin where provided. Remember that you can also place a small amount of news print into your compost bin once in a while! The best thing about having a compost bin is that even if you will never use the rich organic compost it produces your nieghbours will!
NEVER burn any waste! There is never any reason to burn any waste materials, even when you have more than you can handle somebody else will always be glad of it! Wood, logs, and even large quantities of general garden waste are always sought after and a quick way to get rid of your waste is to join your local 'www.freecycle.org/' group and advertise it for collection. Most things will be taken away in day's and nothing will ever cost you a penny either!
Did you know that many domestically available garden chemicals are not licensed for commercial use? Most simply can't get a licence for commercial use because the active ingredients pose a significant risk to the environment and, or people, and thus don't comply with environmental protection and, or health and safety laws that businesses have to adear to but any man on the street working in their own garden does not!
It Is Your Garden feels this is wrong, many weedkillers you can buy on the high street will damage the delicate balance of nature if not used in exactly the right way and yet they are sold with no requirement for training, and often with 'unqualified' advice from retail staff. Commercial weed control products are governed by the 'Pesticide regulations', the regulations require stringent product testing before a product can be licensed for commercial use. Its risks to the environment are closely studied as are it's risks to people, animals, insects, and aquatic life. Anybody using commercial weed control products has to be properly qualified and licensed, not only in the safe use of that type of product, but also in the application methods, and record keeping. Operators are required by law to know the proper use of a product, it's affects on the environment, disposal, and it's limitations! All this and yet the testing and licencing for the products themselves is more stringant than for domestic products that any 'fool' can splash around.
We have used the example of weed control products, but the same applies to chemical fertalizers, pesticides for the control of animals or insects, and for fungicides.
This is why we here at It Is Your Garden know that using domestic products and methods will put you, your animals, your children, and the environment at risk and advise you to never D.I.Y chemicals in your garden.
I have advised local authorities and government departments in the safe use of Herbicides and how to avoid using them when possible.
I have spent much time working closely with the Environment Agency and Utility Companies ensuring you get safe drinking water that is properly protected from weed control chemical applications that could not be avoided. I am highly qualified, holding 4 pesticide application license and have made constant use of them for over a decade.
To be short there are not many plants both on land and in the water that I can't confidently kill without putting other plants, people, animals, insects, vertibrates, invertibrates, fish, soil, and water supplies at risk. Despite this confidence in my abilities to protect the environment I always look for other ways to control a problem plant rather than use chemicals.
It is my firm belief that using chemicals must always be a last resort. You mow your lawns, the clippings are good food for other plants, you weed your borders, the weeds are also good food for other plants. Stop! Are they 'just' weeds, leaving some species of wild plant normally referred to as weeds can be useful to protect the plants you want to keep, or provide homes for insects and animals that will graze on plants you don't want to keep but can't just pull up or hoe off. Sometimes simply planting closer together, or further apart can reduce weed problems, or adding a wider verity of plants will draw in animals and insects normally thought of as pests to help you keep your garden the way you want to enjoy it!
I recently discovered a wasp nest in a clients garden, most would simply see it as a problem and have the nest killed, instead I advised my client to 'Be aware of the wasps, don't make them angry, make sure others are aware of them, and let them control insect pests in your garden'. Two weeks later he has very few catapilars eating their way through his garden, and soon the wasps will have finished raising their brood for this year and move on.