Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips

In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and increasing your home’s curb appeal at the same time, we bring you eco-friendly gardening tips!  Gardens are by nature (excuse the pun) already eco-friendly; however, you can make them even more so.

Here we give you five tips on how to green your garden.

  1.  Work with Nature:  Not against it.  Incorporate regionally native plants and flowers that will thrive in your yard.  Plant sun-loving plants in very sunny areas and shade-loving flora in areas of your yard that receive less light.
  2. Welcome Bugs and Birds:  Ladybugs eat pests that eat your plants.  Bright colored flowers like marigolds and sunflowers attract ladybugs and create shelter and a place for them to lay their eggs. Let’s not forget the bees!  They are responsible for pollinating a majority of flowers, plants and food we grow right in our own yards. Birds also eat pests that damage your plants.  Put up feeders and nesting boxes (make some with your kids as a fun family project).
  3. Compost: Composting not only reduces waste that ends up in landfills and our waterways but also provides rich soil for your garden.  Many hardware stores sell compost bins, but if you’re a DIYer you can easily build your own.
  4. Harvest Rainwater: Rain barrels collect water that is literally falling from the sky and there a few benefits from harvesting this water.  Rainwater is chlorine-and-mineral free and you’ll notice a dip in your water.  Like with compost bins, you can either purchase one or make your own.
  5. Go Pesticide Free: Pesticides don’t only kill the bad bugs, they kill the good bugs too.  And, the harsh chemicals from the pesticides leak into the ground make their way into our waterways.  There are many ways to combat pests without using harmful chemicals and you can read more about them here.

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