Changes in the climate and environmental issues are on the minds of many Minnesota homeowners. Some believe that as an individual you cannot do anything when it comes to significantly lowering the greenhouse emissions and directing production towards renewable energy.
But the truth is, each individual can make a difference.
Growing your very own eco-friendly and healthy garden is a fantastic way to take the first step. Not only is it a great way to eat healthy, but it will also teach your children the value of a cleaner environment.
Being eco-friendly in today’s very plastic world may be tough, but there are so many ways you can do it if you incorporate a gardening hobby.
Reusing plastic is a very simple task in your own garden when you are winter-sowing or even building a greenhouse. In the home, use glass jugs instead of plastic. Use recyclable plastic jugs to create mini greenhouses for winter-sowing in your flower beds.
Using Natural Pesticides
Attracting bug eating insects and birds to your garden, such as the mantis or ladybug is one great way in the fight against pests. You can also use the many advantages of companion planting that will help ward off unwanted pests. If these ideas do not help, you can always use a homemade pesticide made from essential oils and dish soap. You’ll find lots of natural pesticide ideas by searching Pinterest.
When you are on the road to being eco-friendly, composting makes a lot of sense to do. Putting all of your garden, lawn, and food waste in a bin that is located in a warm area of your garden will create a very rich soil mixture for your next big gardening project. Mix it in with the soil to nourish your plants.
Water is expensive as well as being precious, so replacing your tap water with rainwater and melted snow may be very prudent. It will save a little bit of money for you as well. Rain barrels and other collection systems can easily recover runoff from your gutters.
Helping Out Wildlife
Helping animals find their food and water source from within your yard is the direct meaning of being eco-friendly.
- Place bird baths as well as bird feeders around your yard
- Plant flowers and other plants that will attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Make sure to check out other resources that can be used for a more eco-friendly garden.
For great ideas on designing a landscape that is more environmentally responsible, speak with us here at Architectural Landscape Design. We can help you from start to finish and ensure you’re doing your part to have a healthier, cleaner world.