If you would like to make sure your gardening habits are eco-friendly, there are a number of things you can do. By forging these five suggested eco-gardening habits, you can ensure that your green thumb is helping to contribute to environmental sustainability:
- Consider your water usage: Being water-wise will not only preserve a precious resource, but also save you money. You could try growing drought-resistant plants, which require very little water. You can also look at using moisture-conserving mulch to insulate your plants, or try catching rain water in barrels.
- Recycle waste: It’s a good idea to try and reuse any yard waste by using a compost system. You can leave grass clippings on the lawn, as short clippings can break down quickly and add their nutrients and moisture back into the soil.
- Manage pests naturally: Try selecting pest-resistant plants, suited to your local growing conditions. You can consider using traps or organic gardening products and insect repellants, or removing small infestations by hand. It’s always important to read the directions on your repellent’s label before spraying your plants.
- Grow companion plants: It’s a good idea to find out which plants, when grown in close proximity, work to help each other grow or keep pests away, and which work in reverse.
- Keep on top of weeding: When you keep on top of weeding, you can prevent the weeds from using up moisture and nutrients from the plants you want to flourish.