Have you been interested in trying out some more eco-friendly gardening but don’t know where to start? One of the solutions to protecting the environment and slowing the effects of climate change is adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle, which includes growing an eco-friendly garden.
Here are five simple tips for growing an eco-friendly garden.
As a start, wild flower seeds are a great way to get started with eco-friendly gardening.
Wildflowers are beautiful, fragrant flowers that attract pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. The flowers also help reduce the pesticides used in your garden by attracting useful insects and birds that are natural pest predators.
Planting local species means you are using plants that are native to your area. The main advantage of having native plant species is that they have evolved to thrive in your area’s specific temperature range and soil composition.
Native plants flourish without fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. They also attract native pollinators like bees and butterflies, which will help increase the biodiversity of your garden. You can research some of your native fruit trees in your region and plant a few fruit trees for a constant fruit supply.
Mulch is a vital component for any eco-friendly gardener. It can help retain moisture in your soil, prevent weeds from growing and control erosion.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing mulch is what kind will work best for you. You can use several types of mulches, including:
Organic mulch materials, such as crop residues, break down over time into organic matter that feeds plants and improves their health. Organic mulch may be a good option if you have abundant compostable organic materials in your garden.
Wood chips come in many different sizes. Some are large enough to cover a large area, while others can just be added to trim spaces around garden beds or pathways within your yard where they won’t interfere with any other plants growing nearby.
If you want to grow an eco-friendly garden, it’s essential to weed organically. You should use a hoe or rake instead of chemicals or pesticides. You can also pull weeds by hand with a pair of pruning shears; this will leave your plants healthy and free from any damage that might arise during the weed-pulling process.
Alternatively, you can use non-chemical methods of controlling weeds. You can find natural herbicides in your neighborhood gardening store or nursery or do some online research to find recipes to make homemade pesticides.
In addition to reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills, composting can help lessen your contribution to global warming.
Leaves, food scraps, and other organic waste composted together generate new peat that you can use in place of artificial fertilizers. These “compost ingredients” enrich the soil with beneficial microbes and minerals. They also thicken and cover the soil, which helps slow soil erosion in your garden.
The best way to grow an eco-friendly garden is to use the available organic solutions around you. Try the tips in this article to develop a healthy, green, fun, eco-friendly garden.