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Environmentally-friendly Gardening Tips

We all love to keep our gardens tidy, healthy and productive. A healthy garden is one which is maintained using environmentally-friendly measures. Therefore hardeners have the never-ending and daunting task of undertaking eco-friendly activities in their gardens. However, maintaining an eco-friendly garden is not rocket science. With the right tips, it is a simple task. Therefore, here are gardening tips that are environmentally friendly.

Conserve Water

Water is an essential commodity in any garden. As a result, it is important to conserve every drop of water. There are several ways to conserve water in a garden. Using an overhead sprinkler or using a hosepipe leads to a lot of wastage. To deal with this problem you could use drip irrigation or install a butt on the downpipe. Always consider watering the roots of the plants instead of overhead irrigation.

You should also consider harvesting rainwater using a water butt to be used for irrigation. You should also consider mulching as a way to conserve moisture.

Choose Eco-friendly materials

Environmentally-friendly gardening also involves getting the right materials for your garden. You should always good for materials that are considered to be eco friendly. As a result, it is important to ensure that the materials to be used in the garden are made and sourced locally and are eco-friendly. This is important as it ensures that there is a reduced carbon footprint in your garden. You should always choose materials which are from your local neighbourhood.

You should also use compost manure instead of commercial fertilizers. You can easily get compost manure by making it yourself. You should set up a location according to the guidelines given and then discard your organic remains. Once the compost manure is ready you can then use it on your farm. Compost manure is rich in nutrients and also improves the structure of the soil in your garden.

Recycle and Reuse materials

Environmental friendly guidelines always start with reducing, reusing and recycling. A healthy garden reduces the use of resources such as the conservation of water. A garden should also ensure that they are reducing the waste that arises from the garden. As a result, it is important to ensure that becoming more organised in the garden ensures that you are reducing wastage. For instance, you could organize your work to have a point to collect rainwater to reduce wastage of water.

You should also consider reusing products from our household so as to reduce waste. For instance once you are done with using a pesticide bottle, you could clean it up and use it for drip irrigation. Reusing products ensures that there is little or no disposal of waste which in turn harms the environment. It also reduces the need to purchase more equipment.

Recycling is the ultimate goal in an eco-friendly environment. You should always try to recycle products that cannot be reused. Once you are done with some things such as garden tools, you can always drop them off at recycling plants instead of throwing them away.

Plant Healthy Crops or Just go Native

The trick here is to always ensure that you have organized your garden well before planting. In case of any adjustments to the plants in the garden, a proper analysis should be undertaken. A well-arranged and prepared garden is eco-friendly and will always result in a healthy garden and higher yields. You should also try to rotate the crops that you plant on your garden across seasons.

You should always go for native and indigenous crops, flowers, and animals to put in your garden. While at it, you should always consider companion planting in that once you have chosen the crops you want to plant, you should plant diverse crops and mix given types of plants together. For instance, the most common companion planting involves carrots and spring onions, cucumber and radish, and rose planted alongside garlic.

Use Natural Pest and Disease Control

Chemicals are one of the most notorious elements that make a garden not to be eco friendly. Normally, the biggest nightmare for any gardener is the occurrence of pest and diseases in their garden. That is why most gardeners opt to use chemical pesticides and other chemicals to deal with pest and disease infestation. However, this does not make the practice eco-friendly and necessary.

There are numerous natural pest and disease control measures that can be undertaken without use of chemicals. The first step is ensuring that all new plants are thoroughly checked before they get into the garden. You can also use some plants which are known to repel pests such as rosemary, mint, and the famous Mexican marigold. You can also be able to deal with weeds through uprooting and using mulches instead of herbicides.

Conclusion

An environmentally-friendly garden is the desire of most people and the reason they don’t have one is that they do not know how to get started. This article seeks to change things by ensuring that any gardener has the right tips. Follow these tips to have an environmentally-friendly garden.

 

This article was originally published on houseaffection.com

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