It is official, spring has sprung! The cool air is beginning to arouse us from our winter hibernation and encourages the birds to sing their songs of beauty. Spring also has us thinking about gardening and landscaping – its the time where we start to prune, weed, mow, water and harvest in an effort to create lawns and gardens that are healthy and beautiful. However, traditional landscaping is anything but healthy, in fact, conventional landscaping can be a water wasting, energy sucking, chemical using, unsustainable practice that pollutes and degrades, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out our 8 simple tips below to help you green up your landscaping.
8 Ways to Green up your Gardening and Landscaping:
1. Rainwater harvesting: Harvesting rainwater is one of the easiest ways to save pipe-water and also feed your plants in drought conditions. You can collect water in commercially bought barrels or in buckets and pails.
2. Practice grasscycling: Grasscycling in the practice of leaving the grass and leaves where they fall instead of bagging them and trashing. Every year tons of grass and leaves are needlessly thrown into the landfills, by leaving them where they lay, you will be cutting down on trash while allowing the clippings to decompose back into the soil. Clippings and leaves carry beneficial moisture and nutrients that can help promote fertile soil.
3. Eco-friendly mulch: Applying Eco-friendly mulch to your garden and trees is a great way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your greenery. Natural mulching also helps to retain moisture while deterring weeds and erosion.
4. Sustainable equipment: Eco-friendly lawn mowers are wonderful alternatives to the traditional electric and gas powered varieties. Also, use rakes, brooms and other such manual equipment in the place of electric leaf blowers.
5. Sustainable pest control: There is no need for chemicals in gardening and landscaping. Use homemade or all natural alternatives as well as a few helpful chickens to deter weeds and pests. Also, you can grow anti-pest plants, use row covers and invite beneficial insects to live in your garden.
6. Compost: Feeding your plants with kitchen compost will supply your soil with healthy fertilizer while helping you cut down on landfill waste and save money. Learn the basics of home composting here.
7. Choose native plants: It is a good idea to plant shrubs that are native to your area – natives are more resilient to disease, pests and climate changes. Visit Plant Native for a list of your region’s native plants.
8. Promote a thriving ecosystem: Incests play an important role in the environment, promote a thriving ecosystem by planting pollinator friendly flowers – doing so will invite a host of birds, butterflies, bees and other such incests to your garden. Remember, do not kill the pollinators, instead, find ways to avoid them while they pollinate.
Putting sustainability back into gardening and landscaping is the only way to ensure fertile soil, nutritious crops and a balanced ecosystem.