The temperatures are rising, the daylight is sticking around a little longer, the birds are chirping, and the buds are blooming. Spring is almost here! It’s time to dress the upcoming season well and prepare your beautiful garden. While creating a beautiful garden, you can also create a more beautiful planet.
You might not realize it, but gardeners play a key role in developing a healthy eco-system. In fact, eco-gardening can even have an impact of cutting energy use, reducing common waste, and slowing down the climate changes. It’s time for you to play a part in this great environmental impact! There are a variety of ways to make a more self-sustaining environment within your very own yard that can have an incredibly positive impact on the world around us, and we are here to share a few tips on how to make your very own eco-friendly garden!
Bugs are Not the Enemy
I think most of us can agree that some insects are downright scary. Who doesn’t scream when they see a cockroach crawling across their kitchen floor? And who doesn’t jump when a spider is spotted on their desk? However, not all bugs are the enemy! In fact, there are many bugs that can enhance the sustainability of our earth, as well are your home garden. For instance, ladybugs, lacewings, and even ground beetles are beneficial to reducing the population of bugs harmful to your plants. They especially play a part in eating aphids (small bugs that suck the sap and nutrients from plants). Let the “good guy” help you in reducing the risk and damage that could happen to your gorgeous garden.
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
The good bugs can’t handle all those bad bugs on their own. They need a little help from their friends. With regard to defeating those slimy snails, caterpillars, and grubs – birds are there to step in and save the day! These guardians of nature feed on the wormy creatures that tend to destroy your blooms. It’s time to put up bird feeders around your garden to encourage more visits from our beloved bird friends.
Keep it Diverse
Healthy gardens tend to be healthiest when they are filled with a diverse mix of plants. Also, combining specific complementary plans together can even enhance growth. Growing a tall plant, such as sunflowers, can naturally provide shade for those plants that are more sensitive to the bright UV rays. Consider which plants you want to live in your garden because some plants can hinder the vitality of others. Do your research prior to planting, so that you don’t risk that deterioration of pieces in your garden.
Keep Composting Cool
Although you can easily run by Lowe’s to buy soil, why not participate in composting for creating your own soil? The process of composting is not only simple, but it is also becoming more and more common. Plus, it provides additional nutrients that your garden needs to grow. Set up a composting bin in your yard, save money at the local gardening store, and save the environment!
Never Forget the 3 R’s
Reduce, reuse, and recycle – our three favorite “R” words! Yes, it’s easy to use everyday packaging for your plants, but why not recycle your plastic bottles and use them to enhance your garden? Protect your seeds with those used water bottles by cutting off the base and placing them around your future blooms. Or reuse your recycled plastic a make a DIY watering can for your thirsty crops.
Developing an eco-friendly environment this spring will not only brighten up your home garden, but it will also play a huge role in making Mother Nature healthy and beautiful.