Eco-Friendly Gardening Checklist
Use these tips to make your garden even greener, in the environmental sense!
- Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater.
- Use a rain gauge to avoid overwatering during rainy times.
- Use a soil-seeper hose to gradually water garden beds.
- Water the garden early in the morning to minimize evaporation.
- Perennials require less watering than annuals.
- Growing several similar types of plants close together helps deter pests.
- Create an inviting garden for birds and friendly bugs that eat pests.
- Consult your garden center for ideas.
- Native plants are more resistant to pests in your area than non-native species.
- Using compost helps naturally feed plants while deterring pests.
- Convert empty plastic containers into planters.
- Start a compost pile with waste from your garden to use on it later.
- Keep compost piles out of direct sunlight and add water during dry periods.
- Buy second-hand outdoor furniture rather than purchasing newly manufactured tables and chairs.
- Avoid synthetic materials when choosing furniture and other outdoor features.
Creating a Habitat
- Add bird baths or other water features to attract birds that will eat harmful pests.
- Wildflowers attract butterflies, moths and other helpful insects.
- Flowers that bloom early or late in the season attract bees and other pollinating insects that help keep local species healthy.