If you’re an avid gardener with a green thumb, you’re also probably concerned with the environment that your plants are growing in. Making sure your garden is sustainable and friendly to the environment is paramount to ensure healthy, vibrant plant life. In order to keep your garden as eco-friendly as possible, here are some useful tips:
Organic Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fertilizers
This is typically the most traditional way to decrease your environmental footprint. Using organic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers not only keep your garden lush and beautiful, but they also make it safer for the Earth and people too. Making sure your garden has all the nutrients it requires is important; blood meal, bone meal, cottonseed meal, rock phosphate, greensand, and fish emulsion are all great organic nutrients.
Traditional insecticides are very effective at killing garden pests, but you might not know that they also kill good bugs like honey bees and lady bugs. A good alternative to insecticides is to find out what specific pest you are trying to get rid of and choose a product specific to that pest. Some good ones are Bacillus Thuringiensis (which is effective at killing worms, caterpillars, and mosquito larvae) and Milky Spore (effective at controlling the white grubs in the soil that become Japanese beetles).
Herbicides are good for controlling weed growth in your garden. However, you must be careful that they do not kill everything in your garden! Corn gluten is an excellent organic pre-emergent herbicide, meaning it prevents weeds from growing in the first place. Corn gluten also contains 10% nitrogen so it not only prevents weed growth, but it also feeds your garden with nutrients.
Recycle and Conserve Water
Conserving our Earth’s precious natural resources is vital when grooming your environmentally conscious garden. The major resource you should be most concerned about conserving is water. In many places of the world, water is becoming scarcer and droughts more prevalent. An effective way to water your garden without turning on the sprinklers or the hose is to collect rain water into rain barrels. You can place the barrels under downspouts and always have recycled water ready to use on your garden.
These are just a few tips on how anyone can make their garden more environmentally friendly. There are many other tips out there, so keep learning in order to preserve our natural resources and maintain a healthy garden.
Author Bio: This article is courtesy of Brandon Dillon, an avid home improvement enthusiast who currently writes for GSM Garage Doors. Visit their website to learn more about Oceanside Garage Door Repair.