The Natural Way to Get a Greener Garden
Posted by: Anna | 04/28/2015 at 04:23 PM
There’s more to getting a greener garden than just rows of healthy plants—there’s the bigger environmental picture to think about, too. Eliminating toxic chemicals, reducing water usage and choosing the right plants is good for your lawn and garden as well as the earth. Here are a few green gardening tips you can try.
- Naturally Good. Use natural compost instead of chemical fertilizers to nourish your plants. Cultivate plants that attract predatory insects and pollinators like ladybugs, bees and butterflies instead of using harmful insecticides, which kill both good bugs and bad.
- Waste Not, Want Not. Turn your vegetable waste into compost—it’s especially rich in nutrients and a valuable addition to your grass clippings and leaves. Add earthworms to the mix for faster and even better results.
- Reuse and Recycle. Use old containers to grow plants. And you can buy environmentally friendly planters and kits made from recycled materials—even recycled lawn furniture.
- Go Native. Choose plants that are native to your area. They’re easier to grow and maintain, and don’t require extra fertilizer or water to thrive.
- Be Water Wise. Use a rain barrel to collect water for use in your garden. A simple screen top will keep bugs and debris out. Frequent use will keep it moving and aerated.
Follow these tips, and see how green your garden grows.
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