Have you longed to go green in your garden and surrounding landscape but aren’t sure where to begin? It turns out that you are in good company. More homeowners are looking for ways to have a great looking outdoor space that is both low-maintenance and pleasing to the eye. To get you started, we are including a few easy, environmentally-sound ways to make the switch to a sustainable and healthy yard.
Use Less Fossil Fuel
Eliminate some mowing by replacing part of your lawn with garden plots filled with drought-tolerant plants or beds of shrubs. Before the mowing season starts, you’ll find that you pollute the environment less when you mow your smaller lawn with a tuned-up lawn mower. The tune-up should include a sharpened blade.
When its time to replace your old mower, consider purchasing an electric one or an updated push mower to completely eliminate the fumes. Instead of using expensive and non-green fertilizer, choose a mulching lawn mower that replenishes your yard every time you mow.
Water Only When Necessary
Most garden plants only need one inch of rain water each week to thrive. Purchase an inexpensive rain gauge to keep track of area rainfall. When you do water, use drip irrigation or a soaking hose to eliminate the amount of evaporation associated with sprinklers.
Garden beds retain water when they are heavily mulched. If you have a low-lying area in your yard, take advantage of the fact that water will naturally run into it and keep the area moist. Local variations in height can help you to reduce water usage while enabling you to plant stunning hot spots of water-needy plants.
Choose Plants and Trees That Grow Well in Your Environment
According to Pro Tree Service Inc., a Mentor, OH Arborist, when selecting trees and other plants, ensure that they will do well in your local environment without the need for large amounts of fertilizers and water. If you are unclear about what to select, contact a local plant society or spend time at a nearby botanical garden exploring their installations. Your yard will thrive when you include plants that fit the conditions.
Diversity in your garden plants provides shelter for beneficial insects and wildlife. Plant foods that provide food for butterflies and birds and you’ll have built-in entertainment as they cluster to feed. Native plants that support many species are slowly disappearing. You have the opportunity to aid conservation efforts on your own little piece of the planet.
Going green in your yard makes sense. In the long run, you can reduce the negative impact on the environment associated with chemical fertilizers and herbicides while saving money and reducing labor. Your neighbors will be “green” with envy.