Live simply by tending to your own sustainable garden! Be part of the movement to keep our planet a sustainable one for the next generations. Gardening has a lot of physical and mental benefits for the gardener, and it also promotes a healthier, simpler lifestyle.
Today, we’ll give you the most useful tips we’ve gathered to help you practice sustainable gardening.
- Oscillating sprinklers aren’t always beneficial. Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation instead.
- Place watering devices properly to prevent loss of water.
- To keep the soil moist, mulch your garden beds.
- Plant a rain garden or make a swale to help keep water in the soil and inhibit runoff.
- Install a rain barrel that will gather rainwater for watering plants.
- Set up a cistern that will collect water to be used for washing clothes, and other non-potable uses.
- Get rid of hard surfaces in your landscape to enable water to filter into the soil and not proceed in storm gutters. If necessary, replace them with porous surfaces.
- Never use the hose to wash off your deck, walkway, or driveway. Use a broom or an electric blower instead. Remember that gas-powered blowers create more pollutants.
Maintaining your plants
- Tolerate minor insect damage in your garden to avoid using pesticides all the time.
- Use only well-reviewed, good back pack sprayers that are environment-friendly.
- Apply fertilizers properly because fertilizer runoff can contaminate groundwater and streams.
Reducing fossil-fuel energy use in your garden
- Pull the weeds by hand when possible.
- If you need landscape lighting, place them only where it’s needed. Use solar-powered lights or LED lights if possible. Low-voltage lighting is safer for outdoor use and consumes less electricity too.
Dealing with waste in your garden
- Set up a compost pile so that you can return the valuable plant material to the soil in your backyard.
- Never send plant-based garden waste to the landfills. It’s best if you support your local waste recycling program for the materials you cannot compost or use again in your yard.
- As much as possible, avoid using any form of plastics in your garden. They’re not good for the environment and us humans. However, if using plastics is unavoidable, then make sure you reuse them along with clay and other pots in your garden. Again, don’t send them to a landfill. If a plastic pot can no longer be used, make sure you recycle them.
- Use an electric chipper-shredder instead of a gas-powered one. Electric shredders lead to less air pollution than the latter.
And there you have it! Enjoy gardening!