Although it may sound like an oxymoron, most of our gardens simply aren’t “green” in an eco-friendly understanding of the word. You may have some of the most lavish plants and your lawn may be the greenest in the neighborhood, but at what cost to the environment? Doesn’t it defeat the whole purpose of a garden when you use products that destroy the delicate balance of the ecology? If your garden is anything but natural and organic, you are failing this wonderful planet we are living on. Here are some tips for greening your garden.
Pesticides and Fertilizers
There is a wealth of information on natural and organic pesticides and fertilizers online, so it isn’t necessary to go into details right now. At this point, the one thing you can almost always be sure of is that if you buy a chemical compound meant to nourish your plants or rid your garden of pests, you will probably be using something that is toxic. Many homeowners don’t know that chemical fertilizers can be a biohazard.
Some quick ideas for greening your garden would be to start a compost pile so that you are feeding your plants with foods and organic matter that is (or has) decomposed. Use this as a base for your soil and add natural nutrients to the mix such as Epsom Salts, which help your plants take up nutrients necessary for growth. You may have nitrogen, for example, in your mix, but unless a plant is ready to absorb nutrients from the soil, it won’t do much good to give them any!
Landscaping Materials Can Be the Planet’s Worst Enemy
If you stop to think about it, so many gardens are landscaped with synthetic materials, which don’t break down and are often biohazards. Instead of using plastic borders, for example, many landscapers have use bulk landscaping stones that form a lovely border but are also functional. Landscaping stones help to drain water after a heavy rain into the soil around the roots and also help to prevent weeds from growing up in the garden.
Aesthetically, landscaping stones also help to blend walkways, drives and paving stones into areas where you have gardens planted. Some people even make mini Zen gardens, fountains, and even succulent gardens with stones, giving the lawn a unique and peaceful appeal. Stones are 100 percent natural and will not create any biohazards, which could affect your family now and the ecology over time.
There’s More than One Way to Go Green
You can clearly see that many of our gardens simply aren’t green. We use chemicals and synthetic materials, which are harmful to the planet as well as to humans and animals living in, or near, our homes. So then, it isn’t a contradiction in terms when you seek ways to green your lawn and garden.
From an environmental perspective, it’s time to pay more attention to how we go about landscaping as opposed to simply focusing on easy ways to get the look you are after. Going green may take some time and effort, but you will be leaving the planet a healthier place for your children, and theirs to follow.