Top 5 Tips for a Sustainable Garden

If you own a garden, you must know how lovely it feels to have a natural and beautiful getaway any time you need one. It is very beneficial to have a garden as it also helps in reducing the amount of wet waste created.

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As great as it sounds, it can also get tough at times to have a sustainable garden. Many times, we take steps that lead to a bad result, which affect your garden and its productivity.

If you are looking for ways to better your garden’s sustainability, this article will surely help you out. Here are 5 of the best tips for creating a sustainable garden.

1. Avoid Chemicals

One of the most important tips to sustainable gardens is avoiding chemicals. Especially if you are growing your own food, it is essentials that you avoid chemicals.

These chemicals do more damage than nurture. You might find them handy and easy going, but in reality, they slowly and steadily pollute your soil and even the underground water.

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Instead, switch to organic gardening. It is not only safe and natural but also much more cost effective. Making use of natural compost can provide rich nutrients and also increase the soil quality.

If you face any instances of plant diseases, or insects and pests harming your plants, there are safe and organic solutions you can use to treat them. These organic solutions will ensure complete treatment in an effective and sustainable manner.

It is always better to opt for organic fertilizers and pesticides than to make use of the chemical-based ones.  The less you use chemicals, the more sustainable and healthy you garden will be.

2. Use Mulch and Sod Instead of Fertilizers

Mulching your garden is a great way to hold up the moisture in your garden’s soil. It helps in keeping the soil cool and makes your garden bed look ravishing. They also suppress weeds and prevent frost in the winter season.

You can start by adding just a 2-inch layer of mulch on your garden bed. There are quite a few organic mulches available on the market as well as straw, shredded bark, and pine needles.

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Sod is also very good for gardens. They help in preventing soil erosion and keeping your garden weed-free. Most high-quality sods are dense and beautiful looking.

There are many places available where you can buy sod for your garden at a reasonable price. You can also remove sod from your lawn and use it in your garden. In places with water supply issues, it always preferable to make use of mulch or sod in the garden.

3. Harvest Rainwater

Many places face water issues, but they can be solved by storing rainwater. Rainwater harvesting is not only beneficial for your garden, but for you as well as it saves a lot of money.

Rainwater is very good for the soil, and it helps in reducing soil erosion. It is one of most inexpensive methods in having a sustainable garden. It has also been seen that plants grow to be much healthier and richer when provided with rainwater.

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You can start by using a rain barrel to collect and store the rainwater and then use it later on through a hose. This tip also helps in maximizing moisture in your garden soil. As rainwater has the ability to match the right PH required by the plants, they tend to grow faster.

4. Avoid Storing Things in Your Garden

Let your garden be what it is and not turn into a dumping yard for your house. Majority of the time people tend to store things such as bikes, tools and other unused items in the garden.

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This is not only bad for the soil, it also spoils the beauty that the garden possesses. Items made of iron or other commons metals tend to get rusted easily. And when they get rusted, they have the potential to enter in your garden soil and lower its quality.

If you love your garden and wish for it to be productive and beautiful, make sure you treat it with care and love. Let the garden area be for you and your plants only.

5. Plant the Right Species

While planting in your garden, it is essential for you to choose wisely as to which species are indigenous to the region you live in. Such plants require less water and grow easily as they are well adapted to the surroundings.

At times, when people make the wrong plant decisions, they end up losing a lot as those plants might absorb excessive amounts of water and also not be suitable to your soil. It doesn’t matter how big or how small your garden space is, choosing wisely will always benefit you in the best ways possible.

 

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Try to grow a variety of plants to create a balanced ecosystem as well as enhance the beauty of your garden. The best part of planting local species is that there is a very low chance of them needing any sort of fertilizers or pesticides.

They can grow efficiently without any of chemicals as they tend to have natural defenses against the local pests in that particular region.

These were a few tips through which you can achieve a healthy and a sustainable garden. All of the above tips are effective and can be done by anybody as they are affordable as well. They ensure quality output with minimal investment.

 

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