Sustainability in Gardening: Eco-Friendly Ways to Maintain Your Garden

Two focuses of my blog are Home/Living Discussions and Home/Property Discussions. A garden can be the most intriguing part of the outside of your home. You can also grow and maintain your garden in eco-friendly ways. The following contributed post is entitled, Sustainability in Gardening: Eco-Friendly Ways to Maintain Your Garden.

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Let’s face it— everyone’s been environmentally conscious. We all want to become sustainable in all aspects of our daily life, from clothing to food to even our homes.

And one way you can promote sustainability is through gardening.

But, did you know that you can also minimize your impact on the environment while still maintaining lush and beautiful gardens?

So, let’s explore sustainability and gardening together!

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Include native plants

Did you know that incorporating native plants into your garden promotes sustainability?

It’s because native plants are adapted to your location’s local climate, soil, and wildlife. This reduces your need for excessive watering, fertilizers, and pesticides!

When you plant native species, you can create a habitat for local wildlife, promoting biodiversity

Opt for composting

Your plants won’t grow healthily without fertilizers. But it’s undeniable that we often choose synthetic fertilizers that can harm the environment!

So, why not choose the eco-friendly way and start composting?

This way, you’ll reduce waste and create soil amendments that are nutrient-rich! In short, it’s a win-win for your garden and the environment!

Conserve your water

Water supply’s an important discussion in sustainability. After all, we’ve been faced with scarcity all over the world!

So, when you’ve a garden at home, make sure to use your water wisely!

But how?

You can try sustainable practices such as collecting rainwater and using it for your garden. This way, you can reduce your need for tapwater, making you conserve precious water resources!

Use chemical-free pest control

You might’ve not realized it, but the pesticides you use can contribute to the pollution on the planet!

So, why not set chemical pesticides aside and choose natural pest control methods?

You can introduce beneficial insects in your garden like ladybugs in your garden. They not only add to your garden’s beauty, but they also target pesky parasites that can suck off your plants’ nutrients!

You can also plant species that deter pests in your garden. From basil to rosemary to meem, these plants ensure your garden won’t be infested with pests!

Use a ride on mower for your lawn

Maintaining your garden doesn’t only include the plants, trees, and shrubs— it should also include your lawn’s grass! And when it comes to lawn care, a mower can be your buddy!

So, when you’re choosing your lawn mower, you should choose one that’s eco-friendly! An electric or battery-powered ride on mower can help you maintain your lawn without harming the environment. After all, they produce zero emissions, reduce noise pollution, and are energy-efficient!

Manage your garden soil’s health

What’s the foundation of a lush and beautiful garden?

It’s the soil!

After all, it’s where you cultivate your precious plants!

So, you should regularly test the pH and nutrient levels of the soil. This way, you’ll know the changes needed to keep it healthy. You can also plant cover crops such as clovers and rye to prevent soil erosion, enhance the soil’s fertility, and cultivate microorganisms beneficial to your garden!

Don’t overplant your garden

We know— it’s delightful when you’ve grown a variety of healthy plants in your garden. And you often end up planting more!

But did you know that overcrowding your garden can damage your plants?

It’s because it leads to competition for resources. Instead of growing healthy, your plants fight for the nutrients in the soil. So, make sure you give your plants adequate space to grow to ensure their health!

Cultivating a lush and beautiful garden doesn’t mean you’ll have to pollute the environment. With our tips, you can create a sustainable garden that’s both a delight to the environment and to your eyes!

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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