“Go Green” and “Sustainability” are common catch phrases today. They are all about the right thing to. And that includes in your gardens and your home. Here, we are going to provide tips on how to be sustainable with your home garden:
Water Conservation and Control
Your garden is planted with intentions of enjoying the beauty as well as the bounty. So get the most from you can while contributing to the sustainability of Earth. A drip irrigation system and/or soaker hoses will use less water than oscillating sprinklers.
When you do use watering devices, position them so that there is less water loss from the gutter system and roof of your home. Keep the mulch fresh in your garden beds to keep the moisture retained longer after the rain and watering.
Set up a barrel or cistern to collect rain water to water your garden and plants. By planting a rain garden or creating a swale, you’ll prevent runoff waste and retain water in your garden and lawn’s soil. You can even use the rain water from your cistern to bathe, wash clothes and basic cleaning around your home.
Remove any hard surfaces around your home in the garden so that water can penetrate the soil instead of running off into the storm gutters. Incorporate rain scape features in your garden and around your home to manage storm water.
When it comes to your lawn, remember it only needs one inch of water per week. Invest in a rain gauge and water accordingly. Use your broom or an electric blower to clean offer the deck, driveway, or walkways instead of the water hose. Replace your gas-powered blower with an electric blower to minimize the pollutants.
Fossil-Fuel Energy Reduction
Reduce your lawn’s size by planting drought-tolerant plants and shrubs in the garden around your home. Keep your lawn mower serviced and tuned regularly so that is efficient to minimize the pollution. Pull weeds by hand when possible to minimize damage to the lawn and lessen the need for chemicals.
Use landscape lighting around your home and garden sparingly. Use compact fluorescent bulbs and/or solar-powered lights with low voltage. The less electricity, the better for the environment and they are safer too. Minimize your holiday lights around the home and switch over to LED lighting, they use less energy.
Garden and Lawn Waste
No need to collect lawn clippings – yeah! Not only is that less work, but you’ll be giving the soil the nutrients it needs with organic matter instead of buying chemical stuff. When you buy your next mower, go with an electric one that mulches and start a compost pile with the clippings and the leaves. Compost is a valuable material which can be made in your own back yard! Reuse the clay, plastic, and other pots from your garden and around your home, even the plastic pots can have a good life when recycled.
Plants For The Garden
Go with drought tolerant grasses and you’ll have to mow less! When you have to replace plants, choose the ones that are drought tolerant so that you don’t have to water as much. Go with native plants is usually the best choice.
Diversify the garden and yard around your home with a wide variety of plants. Let your garden be a habitat for the insects that can help prevent stop periodic diseases and preserve genetic diversity. Avoid planting any plant species that may be invasive.
Reduce the size of your lawn by planting more trees around your home. These will not only less the amount of lawn you have to mow, but they can help reduce energy costs too. Choose deciduous trees that will help with heat in the winter by providing a windbreak on the north side of your home.
Look into a green roof and use only wood that is approved by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for your deck, fence and garden structures. Test the soil around your home before you plant a garden so that you know exactly how much and what kind of fertilizer you need. Run off from fertilizer can pollute the ground water and streams in the area and over fertilizing can be damaging, even lead to diseases.