Everyone who cares about the environment would love an opportunity of playing a part in contributing towards a sustainable environment. Did you know you can achieve this through your garden? This article will look at 5 ways you can attain sustainability through your garden.
Go for more native plants
It’s always a good idea as you set up your garden to go for more plants that are native to your area. The benefit of these plants is that they already have an adaptation for the soil, the environment and seasonal changes among other factors. These therefore mean that such plants will require less maintenance as compared to plants you import. Native plants also tend to attract more wildlife.
Reduce the size of your lawn
Having a large lawn means you have to spend a lot of time, water and energy regularly mowing your lawn because grass grows pretty fast. Not to mention the gases the lawn mower releases to the environment when it burns fuel. Therefore reducing the size of your lawn and replacing the grass with trees, flowers, shrubs and other plants therefore reducing the amount of watering and mowing will be good for the environment.
Rain water harvesting
One of the major elements of sustainability is water conservation and you can achieve this by making the most out of rainwater on your garden as opposed to water from your tap. A good way to achieve this will be through harvesting as much of rain water as possible as opposed to letting it go to waste. In addition, rain water does seem to be more beneficial to your plants in comparison to tap water.
Use of compost manure
It’s a known fact that chemical based fertilizers are never good for both the soil and plants in the long run therefore making such fertilizers bad for the environment. When having a garden it’s advisable to make use of compost manure which is not only a natural form of fertilizer but also enables you to recycle waste material from your home as well as garden that you would normally dispose off. Compost manure will typically be made out of kitchen scraps, plant materials, shredded paper, waste from domestic animals such as poultry, cattle and so on.
It’s always a good idea to practice mulching and you can easily do this through the use of leaves and wood chips, among many other plant materials that are readily available on your yard. Mulching has the benefit of keeping your soils moist, nourishing it and reducing the opportunity for weeds to grow. It’s generally advisable to make use of mulch from your own yard.
By practicing these 5 simple sustainability measures, you will have played a tremendous role in keeping the environment safe.