Guide to Creating a Sustainable Garden

Sustainable Garden Guide, Planting Design Tips

Guide to Creating a Sustainable Garden

Green Landscape Design – Planitng & Plants Advice Article

25 July 2019

A Guide to Creating a Sustainable Garden

If you have an outdoor or indoor garden, you probably know all about the positive benefits of spending time in green spaces, particularly if sustainable gardening practices have been used to create the spaces.

Putting landscape design ideas into practice can improve the curb appeal of a home in a major way, while the inclusion of special features such as container gardening planters, urns, and vertical gardens either outdoors or indoors can actually help to improve air quality, moods, and more. Doing all that in an environmentally friendly way, using sustainable gardening techniques, can help protect and even improve the surrounding ecosystem.

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The planting and nurturing of live plants, particularly outdoors, is a great thing for the environment; doing so in eco-friendly ways is an even better approach, particularly when you consider that some of the gardening methods such as weed-killers, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides, can actually cause damage to the surrounding environment.

Even the people that are diligent about recycling, reducing, and reusing can have a difficult time applying comparable sustainable practices to their gardens, but you should never fear since this article provides some simple yet effective tips for making eco-friendly decisions outdoors.

Spring might still not be here yet, but planning ahead can make it a lot easier to implement environmentally friendly gardening practices. It can also make spring feel like it is truly on its way. With the simple tricks provided here, sustainable gardening techniques will feel just as doable as the traditional ones with the only difference being that you will feel better about your impact on the environment.

  1. Planting Local Species

 

Locally adapted or indigenous plants are biologically suited to the soil and climatic conditions in your region and will probably have a natural defense against pests found in your area, as well. The species can survive without pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemical additives and experience more efficient growth thus helping you save some water.

 

So, if you live in a suitable area then you can grow the common morning glory and have it add colour to your garden during the right times of the year. For those from less warm climes then leafier plants and bushes may be more apt. Just ensure you use local species.

 

  1. Using Mulch

 

Mulch helps reduce the chance of plant infection by helping to reduce the loss of moisture and preventing fungal spores from spreading on the plant tissue. It can also be a rich source of carbon for the microorganisms found in the soil. Surround your plants with mulch as opposed to other fillers such as pine straw and make plans to replace it every year.

 

  1. Start Composting

 

Fresh soil created through the composting of kitchen waste, fallen leaves, and more can help reduce the need for chemical fertilizers. Compost ingredients, can help to add nutrients, improve soil texture, and reduce soil erosion, as well. Composting can also help in lowering your overall carbon footprint since you will be sending less waste to the landfill.

 

  1. Organic Weeding

 

Try to find organic substitutes to weed killers. You can probably find natural herbicides in your local nursery or local gardening shop. Alternatively, or you can try doing some research on effective homemade options that usually contain ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen.

 

  1. Harvesting Rainwater

 

Harvesting and using rainwater is a cheap way to conserve water. You can use a rain barrel to catch the water, and a hose can be attached for watering the plants. Setting up the rain barrel sooner than later is crucial since it will take tome for thee barrel to accumulate enough water for fulfilling your sustainable gardening needs.




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