7 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR GARDEN MORE SUSTAINABLE
SUSTAINABLE GARDEN BENEFITS
Growing a sustainable garden can have some surprising impacts on your home, including:
- Lowering your air conditioning and heating bills by growing native shade trees.
- Teaching your children about the importance of being “green” and giving back to the environment.
- Helping you reduce food waste through composting.
8 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR GARDEN MORE SUSTAINABLE
- Plant Successional blooms: Having different plants flowering at different times will keep a steady stream of crucial pollinators flocking to your garden, working their helpful magic throughout the seasons.
WASTE LESS WATER
2. Reducing your water waste is one of the easiest ways you can make your garden more sustainable. The average lawn only needs about an inch of water a week, and many gardens can thrive on minimal watering as well.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER
3. Work with unpredictable weather patterns and climate change, and plant or sow crops and flowers according to what the weather is doing in any chosen year.
USE LESS ENERGY
4. The big culprit when it comes to outdoor energy use is your lawn. Opt for an electric or push-reel mower when possible, and be sure to keep your mower blade sharp for maximum efficiency.
IMPROVE SOIL HEALTH
5. Soil holds the key to creating a sustainable garden, trapping and storing carbon, and providing a home for the billions of microorganisms and tiny creatures that help to maintain the health of the planet
CHOOSE NATIVE PLANTS
6. Look to include native plants to support insects and wildlife. using the right native plants in the right place, makes sense ecologically and financially as you won’t need to replace plants that don’t work.
LEAVE THE LAWN TO GROW
7. One of the important ways that gardeners can create a sustainable garden is to avoid pristine lawns and leave them to grow longer. With water shortages and longer periods of droughts being a possible result of climate change, perfectly manicured lawns could become a thing of the past with a move towards eco-friendly gardens.