While, at heart, de-gardening is a nod to free-spirited nature freaks, the process of untangling your garden from the decades of manicure it’s endured will take more than leaving it free. It may seem counterintuitive not to garden, but making a plan is always a good idea. Jenny Steel explained to The Guardian“The idea of leaving a garden to grow wild is a myth. A garden needs to be managed, because if you don’t manage it, you’ll just end up with nettles – and you need diversity plants to attract different types of wildlife.
Take the first step by reading up on plants native to your area with an emphasis on those that attract pollinators. Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and moths will do wonders to increase the liveliness of your garden. Also seek advice from a local expert, like Aubree Keurajian, an environmentalist who runs plant identification workshops and offers garden consultations through her company, Garden clearing. She points out that environmental restoration projects don’t have to be large-scale missions run by a local government or land trust, they can start right in your garden in a single raised bed or planter.