Get Your Garden and Yard Even More Green
We’ve already figured out you probably have a yard, and we’ve already discussed 5 practical tips to helping homeowners make their gardening efforts a little bit more green. If you’re not quite satisfied, or coming back for even more ideas about making the backyard more sustainable and eco-friendly, then read on below for some more valuable information.
Use Weed Alternatives
Instead of chemicals, try applying yet another fantastic byproduct of corn. Maybe the Native Americans were really on to something with their self-sustaining ways? Yeah, there’s no maybe about it. In this case, organic corn gluten will do wonders to help prevent weeds, especially when you couple your effort with keeping your grass at a 3-4 inch length.
Build a Compost Bin
From stabilizing pH balances to helping sustain moisture and nutrients in your yard or garden, the benefits of compost reach far beyond the aesthetic results. You can store and aerate your excess in a bin, so your heap doesn’t become overwhelming.
Check out these compost storage options at the Backyard Gardener in order to find what might work best for your lawn care needs.
Plant a Garden
Not only will you offer a “fuel” and fertilizer to your yard, but to your body as well. Waste from the garden becomes a usable resource as compost, and you can take another step in your mission to go green: Self-sustainability. This way, you’ll have complete control over the fertilizers and soils used, whatever natural means you employ for pest control, and the quality of your food in terms of taste and nutrients will literally amaze you. Squashes, tomatoes, peppers — they all grow super abundantly with just a little bit of love, and will easily feed you and your family on many nights through the harvest season.
Share the Yard With the Natives
Don’t fear the native insects. Depending on where you reside, there are annoying pests that can cause monster soil and housing problems.
Yet there are many insects that offer benefits to your soil, and help eliminate other pests such as mosquitoes, moths, mice, etc.
In other words, don’t chase off the owls and bats. Seriously though…there’s a great list of organic answers to pest problems at Extremely Green.
Create a Rain Garden
It will create aesthetic beauty in your yard, attracting birds, butterflies, dragonflies and maybe even a few frogs or toads. If you don’t like the little jumpers, consider them allies vs. annoying insects such as mosquitoes. A rain garden (there’s excellent information at the Gardener’s Supply Company website) is relatively easy to construct and will help to greatly cutback from the run-off that your home and yard will offer to local water treatment plants.
Get Educated on Gardening Now!
Read everything you can get your hands on about native gardening for your region, seasonal gardening to bring fruits and vegetables into your home for excellent health, sustainable gardening that achieves a level of responsible stewardship for the planet. Consider giving these books as gifts when you’re thinking about what to get your friends and family for the holidays, too.
Copyright 2009 Matty Byloos