The word sustainable basically means to perpetuate existence and to provide sustenance and nourishment. But it is most often associated with the environment and particularly to our yards and gardens. What do we really mean by a sustainable garden? Well, it is an organic garden that took a step further.
The main advantage with an organic gardening practice is that it will sustain soils and plants. As a result, it nourishes and sustains your family, both physically and aesthetically. Here are some ways that pursue the goal of a sustainable yard.
Grow healthy plants
When choosing what kind of plants to have, opt for those that will thrive where they are planted. Do your own
research and know various plant requirements. It is also important that you know your site well. Find out what nutrients are needed in your yard. If you want to retain water, minimize weeds and reduce stress to your plants,
you can have mulch in your yard. Using the trees around your home for shade and cooling. Trees are beneficial to our environment as it stores large amounts of carbon.
Meanwhile, opt for plants that are resistant to common diseases and other insect problems. Inspect your yard and look for pests to prevent them from propagating. Take note that sanitation is also an important step in pest prevention. Whenever you really need to apply pesticides, opt for a less toxic alternative instead of harsh chemicals.
To conserve water, try to use drip irrigation. You can avoid water pollution by keeping stormwater runoff on your property. To keep water where it falls, use rain gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavements. It is also advisable that you water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
Recycle your yard trimmings
When mowing, do not collect and remove grass clippings. Just leave them on your lawn as they add valuable nutrients. You can also have a compost yard and organic waste from your home. Moreover, try to create your own natural mulch and fertilizer.