Planning Your Green Garden

If you enjoy sun, greenery, and outdoor activities, winter can seem like a dull, boring season – you’re stuck inside while all of the plants are under a blanket of snow. However, winter is a great time to make a plan for how you’ll plant and landscape your garden in the spring and summer. Why not make a resolution to plan a greener, more environmentally friendly garden this year? Take a look at some tips that can help you create the best green garden for your home.

Invite The Wildlife

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Attract beautiful butterflies with bright flowers.

Sure, you want to keep harmful pests out of your garden, but you want to invite some wildlife in. Insects like butterflies and bees help pollinate your flowers and encourage growth in your garden. Certain birds can keep pests that are harmful to your plants at bay. So you want to invite friendly birds and bugs.

Plan to incorporate bird feeders, nesting boxes and water features in your garden design. It will also help to plant bright, fragrant flowers that attract garden-friendly bugs.

Create a Compost Pile

Composting is a great, and affordable, way to get nutrient-rich potting soil for your plants. It also cuts down on the amount of trash that you send to the landfill every week. And a compost pile is easy to make and maintain. So if you’re not already composting, include creating a compost bin in your upcoming gardening plans.

To create a compost heap, start by choosing the perfect place for your bin. It should be in a warm spot that gets sunlight, but is also partially shaded. You can add vegetable peelings, paper, and cardboard to the pile, along with garden waste.

Go Native

When choosing fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and shrubs for your garden, you should always go for plants that are native to your specific area. There are a few reasons for this. For one thing, you’ll get the best results by choosing native plants. After all, they’ve evolved to grow in the conditions that are normal in your area.

Furthermore, because native plants have adapted to the local conditions, you’ll have less need of pesticides, herbicides, and other unnatural and environmentally unfriendly substances when growing these plants. If you’re not sure which plants are native to your area, ask at a local nursery.

Avoid Water Waste

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Collect rain water to use in your garden.

One of the best ways to make your garden more eco-friendly is to avoid wasting any water unnecessarily. If you can use rain water for irrigation, you save water and put water that would otherwise go to waste to good use. You can collect rain water in barrels or position your downspouts in a way that provides needed water to your garden.

A good gutter system is crucial when it comes to collecting and utilizing rain water in your garden. If you don’t have a healthy gutter system that filters out debris, prevents your downspouts from becoming clogged, and delivers rain water where you want it to go, it may be time for an upgrade. Harry Helmet’s gutter systems can make gutter maintenance easier and ensure that your water flows the way that you need it to. Visit our website for more details.

Written by Del Thebaud

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