5 Eco-Friendly Ideas for the Garden
Your garden offers a fun pastime, rewarding harvests, and…a way to help the environment? Yes! Using a few eco-friendly products and ideas, you can utilize your garden to help reduce waste, take advantage of natural resources, and more! Try these tips and ideas for a truly “green” backyard.
1. Grow the Right Plants.
In order to spend less time and resources on your garden, pick plants that fit your climate. Growing native plants encourages pollinators and beneficial bugs, improving your overall backyard ecosystem. Learn more about the benefits of planting plants within your region here.
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2. Start Composting.
Help minimize waste and improve your garden by composting.
Composting allows you to repurpose kitchen scraps, lawn clippings, and other organic material that would normally end up in the trash. And most notably, it creates nutrient-dense fertilizer that enriches your soil, minimizes plant disease, and helps prevent pest problems. Instead of your leftovers or trash taking up space in a landfill, put it right into your garden, lawn, or potted plants for beneficial soil enhancement. Click here to learn how to compost in 5 easy steps.
3. Reuse rainwater.
Looking to save money, minimize water usage, and have healthier plants?
With a rainwater collection system, you keep a supply of high-quality hydration that can serve a multitude of purposes. Plants get water that’s free of metals, fluoride, and other chemicals found in municipal tap water. Or, you provide a virtually free water supply you can use for washing the cars, keeping the lawn fresh, and more. While giving your greenery high-quality water, you potentially cut back on up to 40% of your household water consumption!
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4. Garden Inside a Structure.
Gardening inside a cold frame or greenhouse helps minimize resources by providing a more ideal growing environment for plants. Under a cold frame or greenhouse, temperatures are a bit more regulated, requiring less irrigation. And considering these are enclosed structures, the need for environmentally harmful pesticides and repellants are minimized. Plants grow more safely and efficiently within controlled conditions.
5. Invest in quality gardening tools.
In order to be eco-friendly in your garden, skip the cheap supplies and inefficient habits.
Even though it’s tempting to pick up that $1 garden hose, you’ll likely end up throwing it out after a few uses, filling up a landfill and putting you out. Invest in a quality garden hose from the start instead.
Or, if want to make yard work a little easier or you’ve opted out of composting (see idea #2), utilize a leaf shredder to quickly turn what would have been trash into nutrient-rich mulch. You can find more tools for your garden here!
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