Tips & Tricks: Green Gardening
Though gardens are often a beautiful example of nature at work they aren’t always eco-friendly. To make your garden a little more green you just have to change a few habits, swap out some chemicals, and learn more about how nature works so you can use the natural elements to your advantage. Creating an eco-friendly garden differs depending on where you live, what your climate is like, and the natural pollinators in the area. These tips and tricks can apply to the majority of gardeners or landscapers who want to start off green gardening with some simple changes!
Pest Controllers: Bugs and animals are extremely important in the growth and health of your garden. Many insects actually do the work that harsh pesticides do without damaging your plants. Ladybugs, for instance, are amazing at keeping aphids at bay, saving your plants from decay. There are also a few types of birds that eat pests and grubs. The best way to harness this is to install birdhouses or feeders, and a ladybug house near your garden. If you give them shelter they will stick around and look for dinner close by.
Compost: One of the best things you can do for your garden is compost. Providing your plants with nutrient rich soil will only make them grow faster and stronger. Instead of purchasing soil (wasting the gas for the drive and the container it comes in) create your own compost with waste from your home! Simply start collecting organic materials like food waste and layer it with potting soil and things like leaves or newspaper. Be sure to wet the pile so that the inside can break down. Over time the center will break down into an amazingly rich soil.
Water: One thing you don’t want to waste is water. Overwatering your garden can hurt your plants, run up your water will, waste gallons, and carry pesticides and other toxins into natural bodies of water. Be mindful when watering your garden and really understand the needs of your plants. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system for the most effective and resourceful watering! Try and water early in the day so the plants have a chance to absorb the water before it evaporates in the hot summer sun.