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How to Make your Garden and Yard more Green

As much as possible we want our garden and yard ever green where we can enjoy nature like flowers and vegetables of our choice. We can have fountain, ponds, deck patio, garden accents and solar powered lighting and many more to make the area beautiful and environmental friendly. But with all these beautification can actually generate waste and energy. We can make more green than its color by maintaining and practicing  green way of living.

Green planning and the following strategies are needed:

  1. Let’s start with the most obvious one: composting! You should start a composting bin for all the vegetable matter you might ordinarily throw away. Leaves from trees in autumn, as well as anything pruned or cut off can all be composted. A good compost will provide excellent soil material for nourishing young plants. It’s a clever way of recycling. Look to the kitchen as well for decomposable materials. Food waste will compost easily and it’s an ideal way to dispose of it. Composting food and vegetable matter turns into nutrient-rich soil. You can buy this sort of thing of course, but it’s much more satisfying and cheaper to make it yourself.

  2. Consider planting drought-tolerant tree species in your garden. These include crepe myrtle, ash, or ginko, and shrubs from rosemary, lemon to barberry and juniper. Why? Global warming could create drier conditions. If you have plants competing for increasingly drier soil, you will have problems. Drought-tolerant tree and shrub species will survive better and not demand as much water.

  3. Do you really need all the large lawn space you have? It costs money to mow the lawn regularly during the summer months. If you can cut down on your lawn space and replace it with an area where grass doesn’t grow, you will save money and time and use less resources.

  4. Water the lawn in the early morning when there is more moisture in the air, and when the water will be retained in the soil for longer. At the heat of the day any water you introduce onto the lawn will evaporate faster. It will not have time to penetrate down as far as it needs to go either. This will waste water, your time and your money, as well as earth’s resources.

  5. Consider upgrading your lawn irrigation system. If it is quite old, then it almost certainly wastes water. Modern irrigation systems are much more efficient at distributing water. You can save 30% to 60% by using a smart irrigation system.

  6. If you live in a hot dry place, you can help your garden’s soil by adding polymers. These help by retaining moisture for longer periods, thereby helping plants and flowers to grow more efficiently.

  7. Install a rain barrel or just a plain rain buckets to catch rainfall from the roof. This is an old idea, but a good one. The rain is free after all, and it is excellent for watering plants and flowers as it doesn’t contain unnecessary chemicals. You can save on water bills by utilizing this simple idea!

  8. Do you enjoy driving your lawn mower up and down the lawn on a Sunday afternoon? Get some exercise and stop unnecessary pollution by getting rid of your motorized lawn mower! Get an old-fashioned, but sensible lawn mower that needs to be pushed in order to work. It isn’t hard work and it gets the job done just fine. You get good exercise, you save money and the environment benefits too.

 

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