Gardening is associated with many benefits for people and the environment. It is an activity that not only reduces stress but also can improve your satisfaction with life. While reducing your stress you are also providing a sustainable environment. To help you keep your garden sustainable, here are 10 tips:
One of the easiest ways to begin a sustainable garden is to compost. Composting grass clipping, leaves and food waste is an efficient way to regenerate poor soils and retain moisture, giving you rich soil to plant on.
- Mulch Your Landscape
Another great method of conserving soil moisture is mulching. It also prevents weeds from popping up in unwanted flower beds. Mulching is important in areas with water restrictions. A few sustainable mulch options include: pine needles, grass clippings and shredded bark.
- Go Organic
Using less chemicals may be an obvious way to be more ecological. If you are growing food it is even more important. Adding compost is a solution to amend the soil. If you have insects or pests in your garden try using organic solutions.
- Plant Natives
Natives are known as plants that are indigenous to your region. When you plant natives they typically thrive better than others because they are already suited to your climate, rainfall and soil types. These pants also take less work and require less water.
- Lose Your Lawn
When you have a green and weed-free lawn it requires a lot of resources. By reducing an area planted in grass and replacing it with perennial ornamental grasses you can have a more sustainable lawn.
- Less Watering
An important element of sustainability is to have a less thirsty garden. When you practice “xeriscaping” you are designing your landscape/garden to reduce or eliminate the need for water. A sustainable way to collect water is to install a rain barrel. Check out our DIY Rain Barrel here.
- Grow Food
Growing vegetables, fruits and herbs is a delicious way to add to your sustainable lifestyle. Be sure to plant according to season. Greens and lettuce sprout quickly in the spring, while tomatoes and peppers can be interplanted with beds during hot-weather months.
- Plant Perennials
Planting perennials cannot only save you money but give you a lasting garden. If you buy small perennials they get bigger and better every year. They need to be divided every couple of years which give you more plants to enlarge your garden.
9. Save Seeds
When your annual flowers seed at the end of the season, collect their dried seed heads and store them in a dry place and plant them in your garden the following spring. Morning glory, marigold and sunflower have great seeds to replant.
10. Change to an Electric or Manual Mower
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, using a gas-powered lawn mower for an hour pollutes the air as much as driving a car for 45 miles. You can reduce carbon footprint by using manually operated lawn-care equipment, or electric trimmers, blowers and mowers.