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Going Green in the Garden
The concept of going “green” has gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason - it’s in everyone’s best interest to reduce our impact on the environment.
Much of the buzz around going green focuses on things you can do inside your home to reduce energy costs. Many tips focus on strategies such as using energy-efficient light bulbs, double-paned windows, solar panels, recycling, and using sustainable materials for new builds and renovations.
With all the focus on going green inside, it’s easy to forget there are ways to be more environmentally conscious outside as well. Here are a few tips for greener gardening:
Avoid Pesticides and Weed Killer
Instead of relying on harsh chemical pesticides and herbicides that can contaminate soil – and also harm beneficial insects – deal with weeds the old-fashioned way – pull them by hand. Not only does this keep your garden free of chemicals, it’s great exercise and can actually be relaxing!
Put Tools Away at the End of the Day
While it may be tempting to leave your tools lying about at the end of a day spent working in the garden, taking the time to put them away has multiple benefits. First, your tools will last longer if they’re not left out in the elements. Also, tools left out in the rain can rust, which can leak into the soil.
Decorate with Natural Materials
Garden gnomes and other ornamental pieces add colour and charm to your outdoor space, but they can also leech unwanted chemicals into the ground. Instead of painted objects, consider decorating your garden with items made from natural components such as bamboo, wood, string, or other organic materials. You can also use a variety of flowers and plants to bring colour and texture into your yard.
When it comes to going green, you don’t have to make big changes to make a difference. Every small thing you do differently contributes to a larger impact in the long run. Happy gardening!