How Does Your Garden Grow?
To a certain extent, every garden is green. After all, trees and plants accomplish the all-important task of cleansing the air.
But let’s face it.
Some gardens are more green, or earth-friendly, than others. This has everything to do with the type of plants selected and how they are planted and cared for. It’s also impacted by the choices made about water usage, pesticides and weed control. Finally, it’s about lifestyle and a commitment to creatively reuse materials rather than discard them.
If you’re planning a green garden of your own, here are a few questions to consider before you get started.
Why Should I Go Native?
- Well-Suited. Native plants give your garden a sense of place; they connect to the landscape of the region where you live.
- Low Maintenance. Because they are naturally suited to the climate, native plants are generally self-sufficient, needing little care once established.
- Natural Balance. Native plants attract birds, butterflies, lizards and insects to your garden, naturally restoring the ecological balance that helps keep pests in check without the use of pesticides.
- Drought-Tolerant. If planted in proper lighting and soil, native plants should thrive with little or no watering.
How Can I Save Water?
- Collect Rainwater. Divert rain from your gutter downspout into a collection canister. Be sure to keep it covered and use it within ten days to prevent bugs and mosquitoes.
- Be Selective. Pick native plants suited to your climate and group them with other plants that have similar watering needs.
- Pick Your Timing. Water plants in the early morning when cooler temperatures and less direct sunlight decrease evaporation.
- Stow the Hose. Use a drip irrigation system or watering can instead of a hose for more precise delivery and less waste.
- Add Layers. Spread mulch in plant beds and container gardens to control weeds and hold moisture in the ground.
How Can I Reuse with Creativity?
- Compost. By composting plant and grass clippings along with kitchen discards like coffee grounds and veggie and fruit scraps, you can create a nutritious soil amendment that helps retain water while also reducing landfill waste.
- Share the Green. Pass on bulbs and clippings from your abundant garden to a friend who may just be getting started.
- Take a Chance. Rather than discard old patio furniture, see what a little effort and a fresh coat of paint or stain can accomplish.
- Donate. Gardening tools and patio furniture that no longer suit you could be a treasure to someone else. Pack them off to a local charity or put them in front of your house with a sign marked Free.
Looking for more water-saving ideas? Pardee Homes makes water conservation a priority and offers homeowners tips to reduce water usage both indoors and out. Learn more on our website at Life Sustainable.
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