Reduce water waste

Water conservation is one of the most important ways you can make your garden more environmentally friendly. You can reduce the amount of water you use in your garden by targeting the roots when you water plants and mulching to retain moisture. Avoid sprinklers and use drip irrigation instead. You can also water your garden in the early morning when it’s cool out, so the plants have time to absorb water before the sun dries it out.


Plant native species

To make your garden more eco-friendly, consider planting species native to your area. Your garden will work with the environment rather than against it, and as an added bonus, they’ll be easy to grow. Native plants attract local wildlife, so you can watch your garden bloom into a haven for pollinating insects and birds.


Invite wildlife

Creating a habitat for local wildlife in your garden can be beneficial for you and for them. Planting flowers will attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to your garden. Plants that produce berries will invite birds, and flat, decorative rocks attract lizards that will be happy to take care of your garden’s pests. The more welcoming you make your garden for local wildlife, the better your garden will do.


Grow vegetables and fruit

What better way to live more sustainably than by growing your own food? Oftentimes, produce is shipped and trucked for long distances, which sends emissions into the atmosphere. By growing fruit and vegetables at home, you reduce emissions. Not to mention, you get fresh, pesticide-free produce. Vegetables you grow at home are usually richer in nutrients than storebought produce, so your eco-friendly garden is good for you and for the environment.


Words: Madison Mouton

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