So, you’ve got a green thumb but you’re not quite sure how to use it for the greater good of the environment. Does that sound about right? If so, don’t worry! We know gardening can be incredibly therapeutic and rewarding, but that it can also be confusing at times. Creating an eco-friendly garden, especially, might seem like an outrageous goal. However, it’s really much easier than you think! We’ve put together some quick tips that will help you transform your garden into a sustainable space.
Take this advice literally and let the birds eat all the plant-destroying bugs they want! Birds will eat slugs, caterpillars, and many other bugs that can ruin your garden. Ladybugs and lacewings can also help in this area, eating destructive pests like blackfly. By creating a bright and welcoming garden for birds and ladybugs to visit and live, you don’t have to use harsh chemicals to take care of the pests in your garden.
Plastic bottles can serve many different purposes in a garden. Use them to water your plants or protect young seedlings before they’re stable enough to survive on their own. Plastic containers can also be used as pots or plant carriers. Don’t just stop there—you can also use old chairs or paint sticks to sit your plants on or display the names of various fruits and vegetables! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your garden fit your personality.
This is a cost effective and eco-friendly way to collect natural water for your garden. Plus, you can use it to wash your car or even water the yard. Not only will you decrease your water consumption, you could also save money on your water bill! By using a bucket or barrel to collect rainwater, you’ll also help to reduce the risk of erosion or flooding among your plants.
Compost can be made using many household items, like leftover coffee grounds, food scraps, or fruit and vegetable peels. By adding a layer of compost to a sunny spot in your garden, you’ll enrich your soil and help to prevent plant diseases. You’ll also cut down on the amount of food you’re wasting, and the amount of trash you’re creating. Also, you won’t be as tempted to use chemical-laden fertilizers because the microorganisms in the compost can improve the quality of the soil—helping your plants to grow even more!
At Botanical Decorators, we provide soil and bed preparation services to help limit the amount of fertilizers and soil additives that are needed to make your landscape thrive. We test the soil to determine what is needed to make your garden as eco-friendly as possible. Plus, when you choose to work with our award-winning landscape design company, your beds will be composed of customized, eco-friendly soils that were made using organic matter and recycled leaves.
Contact us online today or call us at 301-948-6625 for all of your landscaping needs in MD, VA, & DC. We’re also happy to answer any additional questions you may have about creating an eco-friendly garden!