9 Ways to Keep Your Garden “Green”
Summer or fall, here in California it’s nearly always the perfect time to implement eco-friendly habits in your garden or patio. Here are some easy-to-implement ideas to get you started.
Let it grow! Allowing your lawn to grow a few inches results in deeper roots and thicker lawns.
Go Native! Native plants require less water and have fewer pest and disease issues.
— Water between 6 and 10 a.m. to ensure water has time to soak in before mid-day temperatures set in.
— Make sure to water near the base of the plant (not over the top) –– soaker hoses are ideal and use less water.
— Composting keeps kitchen leftovers out of landfills.
— It also reduces dependency on chemical fertilizers and improves drainage and water retention
When looking for that wooden bench or lounge chair, make sure they are made from sustainable woods such as acacia or teak. Acacia grows in abundance in most places and teak farms provide a constant supply. Other sustainable alternatives are recycled aluminum or plastic
When looking to light up your garden or patio, opt for solar lights. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. Besides saving energy, they don’t need wires or extension cords –– just place them in the sunlight and you're all set!
Reduce Lawn Areas
Consider taking a portion of your lawn and replace it with native plants, rocks or mulch.
Save your back from racking and instead, “leave” them where they lie. Use a mulching lawn mower and shred the leaves into tiny pieces. Be sure to do this when grass is poking through the leaves to ensure you don’t bury your lawn.
Planting a garden that includes plants that flower at different times of the year will produce nectar and pollen sources for pollinators like honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds.