Grow a More Sustainable Garden

Apr 29, 2016 by

Drought and extreme temperatures are becoming a more common problem today, and because of these climate issues, maintaining a blooming and beautiful garden can be a more difficult task. But gardens are needed more than ever because the plants can help cool and clean the environment, and they can be a sanctuary for local insects and birds. Plus, they can be a wonderful spot to get some fresh air.

How can you grow and maintain your garden when climate, water and expenses can be a problem? Make it more sustainable.

Use rain barrels

They are low-maintenance and help you collect and save water. These are extremely useful during dry spells.

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Compost

Turn those dead leaves, cut grass, and vegetable and fruit peelings into nutrient-rich soil. You’ll lessen your waste and save money because you won’t have to keep on buying fertilizers or new soil.

Grow natives

Indigenous plants in your region are already accustomed to the local soil type, climate, and amount of rainfall so they can take less work, require less water, and will most likely grow better. They will also provide a natural habitat for local birds and insects.

Go manual and natural

Avoid using chemicals for your fertilizers and pesticides. They usually cost more and they cause more damage to the environment. Also, use a manual lawn mower instead of a gas-powered model. As much as possible don’t use a hose or sprinklers when watering because these tend to use more water. Instead, use a watering can. Manual gardening tasks cost less and give you more exercise.

Grow food

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You can fill your garden with more color and you can cut on food expenses. Plant by season and make sure the vegetable or fruit can grow well in the type of soil and climate you have.

Using recycled or upcycled plant boxes, outdoor furniture and decorations, and landscaping materials are also highly recommended for a more sustainable garden.

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