Green gardens aren’t always sustainable. High use of water, environmentally harmful pesticides and herbicides, and high-maintenance plants can all have a negative impact, contradicting the green intent in growing a garden. Fortunately, efforts in sustainabilityhave been dramatically increasing in the past few decades. Now, there are many simple options and tips that gardeners can to turn their gardens from damaging to sustainable that can preserve the environment and save money at home.
Naturally Fertilize Your Yard
Naturally fertilizing your garden is a great yet easy step that can make a huge difference in the environment. You can start to do this by adding a compost area to your yard. Here, you can dispose of your natural waste, such as fruit/vegetable waste and non-glossy paper items. This way, you can naturally decompose some of your own waste and use is to naturally fertilize your garden.
To increase your natural fertilization efforts, you can add worms to your garden. Whether you hunt for worms or get them at the store, they can help keep your plants healthy for little to no cost.
Additionally, you can ditch chemical pesticides and opt for natural recipes instead. There are many options for natural pesticides to choose from, including garlic sprays, epsom salt solutions, oil sprays, and hot sauce mixes. This way, you can keep unwanted, harmful insects away without causing damage to good plants and bugs.
Decorate With Edible Plants
A great way to make your garden more sustainable is to make it multi-purpose. By planting edible plants, you can reduce the amount of fruits and vegetables you by at the store that, regardless of organic labeling, may be grown with environmentally damaging processes. Plus, there are many beautiful edible plants you can grow in your garden.
For example, according to gardening experts, you can plant herbs such as chives and sage that both grow purple flowers. They also both perennials, meaning they will regrow after the winter. These plants can add a splash of vibrant color to your garden, attract beneficial bugs for your plants, and produce herbs you can use to naturally flavor your cooking.
Other options for tasty treats to grow in your garden include vining fruits to plant along your fence to add more green to your yard. These can include grapes and hardy kiwithat can add some shade and refreshments for the hot summer months.
If you have room in your garden, you can take it a step further and plant fruit trees and bushes along the edge of your yard. This way, your trees will blossom in the spring, and you can harvest the fruit when it’s ripe for a sustainable, sweet snack when it starts to get warmer.
A great way to incorporate green garden featuresin your yard is to use green energy lighting, such as solar-powered or LED lighting. There are many options available for solar-powered lightsto illuminate your pathway at night, but if you want fairy lights or other lights that don’t come solar powered, using LED lights will consume less energy and last longer.
By incorporating these green tips into your garden, you can make sure that your flourishing garden is beautiful and nature-friendly. Every change you make will help make a difference to improve the environment.
Landscape According to Climate and Geography
The natural landscapes across the country differ incredibly from region to region. Levels of rain water, diversity in temperature, sun exposure, and more all help create these varying landscapes. At the same time, however, traditional home landscaping does not vary enough to reflect that.
The typical ideal home in the United States is a green lawn surrounded by a picket fence, but that can have a great toll on resources used to maintain it. While homes in some southern states that experience extreme heat, like Arizona, don’t always stick to this ideal, there is a lot of room for improvement in other states.
Instead of landscaping according to a uniform standard, homeowners can decorate their lawns using naturescaping methodsaccording to the natural landscapes in their area. At the same time, this will make their homes look unique and beautiful with less effort and resources. Since this means using minimal water for decorative plants, a large part of naturescaping means planting flowers that can live on the water they naturally get from the rain in the area.
In many states, this means not planting grass in your yard. Instead, you can use ground cover, like gravel or small decorative rocks on your yard. This way, homeowners can eliminate the need for sprinklers, which can add a considerable amount to your water bill. If you do want grass, you can still save the planet — and yourself — a lot of stress by letting it grow out. Not using a lawn mower to keep the lawn short will save you money and can greatly reduce your annual carbon emissions.
One way gardeners can go wrong with green design is by including fun features that aren’t green. For example, using too many or the wrong type of water features can reduce your sustainability. However, there are plenty of options for a sustainable water feature, like a pool, pond, or fountain.
If you want to have a pool in your backyard, but don’t want to waste water, you can look into getting an eco-friendly pool. There are many types of eco-friendly pools, including salt water, ozone, moss filter, and natural pools. These pools don’t require harsh chemicals such as bleach to keep the water clean and can use less water than commercial pools. Still, it is important that homeowners are able to maintain their water features to avoid serious pool accidents.
Sustainability is an essential factor when designing your yard. Simple design choices can make your garden greener, even if there may be less grass in it. Using these tips can help you maintain an eco-friendly yard that still suits your needs and looks beautiful.