• Sharon Walker

8 Ways to Be More Green in Your Garden

In previous article we gave you tips on how to be more green with your heating and insulation.

In this article I will give you 9 tips on how to be more sustainable in your graden.




1. Composting is the way to go!

Let's start with the most obvious one: compost!


You should start a composting bin for all the vegetable matter you might ordinarily throw away. Leaves from trees in autumn, as well as anything pruned or cut off can all be composted.


A good compost will provide excellent soil material for nourishing young plants. It's a clever way of recycling, really.


Look to the kitchen as well for decomposable materials. Food waste will compost easily and it's an ideal way to dispose of it.


Composting food and vegetable matter turns it into nutrient rich soil. You can buy this sort of thing of course, but it's much more satisfying and cheaper to make it yourself.



2. Plant drought tolerant trees

Consider planting drought tolerant tree species in your garden.


These include crepe myrtle, ash, or ginko, and shrubs from rosemary to barberry and juniper.


Why?


Global warming could create drier conditions. If you have plants competing for increasingly drier soil, you will have problems.


Drought tolerant tree and shrub species will survive better and not demand as much water.



3. Cut down land space

Do you really need all the large lawn space you have? It costs money to mow the lawn regularly during the summer months.


If you can cut down on your lawn space and replace it with an area where grass doesn't grow, you will save money and time and use less resources.



4. Water the lawn early in the morning

Water the lawn in the early morning when there is more moisture in the air, and when the water will be retained in the soil for longer.


At the heat of the day any water you introduce onto the lawn will evaporate faster. It will not have time to penetrate down as far as it needs to go either.


This will waste water, your time and your money, as well as earth's resources.



5. Upgrade your lawn irrigation system

Consider upgrading your lawn irrigation system. If it is quite old, then it almost certainly wastes water.


Modern irrigation systems are much more efficient at distributing water. You can save 30% to 60% by using a smart irrigation system.



6. Add polymers to garden soil

If you live in a hot dry place, you can help your garden's soil by adding polymers.


These help by retaining moisture for longer periods, thereby helping plants and flowers to grow more efficiently.



7. Catch rainwater

Install a rain barrel to catch rainfall from the roof. This is an old idea, but a good one.


The rain is free after all, and it is excellent for watering plants and flowers as it doesn't contain unnecessary chemicals. You can save on water bills by utilizing this simple idea!



8. Use an old-school lawn mower

Do you enjoy driving your lawn mower up and down the lawn on a Sunday afternoon?


Get some exercise and stop unnecessary pollution by getting rid of your motorized lawn mower! Get an old fashioned, but sensible lawn mower that needs to be pushed in order to work.


It isn't hard work and it gets the job done just fine. You get good exercise, you save money and the environment benefits too.



Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to be even more green in your (already green) garden.


Are you being green in your garden? Share your story below in the comments!





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