8 Ways to go Greener in Your Garden This Spring

BY Shanré Houston

With spring peeping around the corner and flowers starting to bloom we all get a little excited, garden tools make their appearance and our green thumbs get a little dirty, but why not try to be eco-friendly this year. Find out how we beat the low water levels and try our eight steps on a greener garden.

1.       Use a rain tank: Conserving rainwater is a great way to make less impact on the earth while growing a greener garden. A rain tank is also a relatively easy DIY project. Recycle your rain water and use it in the house for cleaning and washing dishes.

2.       Reduce the grass in your garden: Non-grass lawns can be made up of easy-care ground cover plants, wildflowers, stone, pavers and/or other materials. The result? Less work, less watering needed, and less mowing.

3.       Go organic on a smaller scale: If the idea of growing an entire organic garden is a little too much to bite off all at once, get your feet wet by trying organic gardening methods in a container garden first.

4.       Water smartly: Give your garden a drink during the coolest part of the day, so more water has a chance to seep into the ground before it evaporates. You'll save water over the long haul. Try place flat stones over the soil bed, this prevents the sun from absorbing most the water.

5.       Plant a tree: Trees help purify the air, give wildlife a home, and planting them isn't as difficult as you might think. Start out small and buy a sapling, it easier, much cheaper and watching them grow makes the efforts all worthwhile.

6.       Plant succulents: Succulents are the best drought tolerant plants and are low maintenance, they are not only beautiful and stylish but also easy to come by, succulents regenerate, remove a few leaves and places in a container of water and watch them grow.

7.       Use natural pest control: A lot of the pest control we buy in stores are filled with harmful chemicals, try use natural products such as dill and fennel.

8.       Plant more flowers: Planting more flowers brings in the bees, bees play a big part of the ecosystem and cross pollinate the flowers, honey bees alone are responsible for the pollinating of apples, blueberries, melons, cranberries, and of course, honey.

 September 03, 2021
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