If you want to be part of saving the environment, these tips for the climate-friendly gardener will help tremendously. There is no reason you can’t have both a beautiful yard and a fruitful garden without ruining the environment. In fact, you can improve your soil and create an almost self-sufficient garden by using these climate-friendly gardening practices.
Ditch Your Gas-Powered Mower
Use a manual push mower or an electric mower to reduce carbon emissions when cutting your grass. A manual push mower is also thought to be better for grass because it cuts it longer and clips it off differently than a gas mower.
Plant Trees and Shrubs
When you plant native trees and shrubs strategically around, and within your garden, you can create an environment you have more control over than you may have thought. For example, if you have a super-hot sunny area, you can plant trees to bring some needed shade so that plants don’t burn in the sun.
Choose Native and Adaptable Plants
One problem with current gardening practices is the desire to grow too many non-native plants. It would be best if you had plants that are meant for the environment you live in. Pay attention to how your climate changes over time because what worked ten years ago might not work now.
Avoid Using Non-Permeable Surfaces
Asphalt, concrete, stone and brick might look nice. Still, it’s better to use planting beds, mulched beds, gravel, and other permeable pavers so that they can absorb water into the soil more efficiently, and you won’t end up with a superheated area of your garden.
Plant a Diversity of Plants
Using native choices, plant many different types of plants for your needs. You can reduce soil erosion with properly placed shrubs, trees, and cover plants. You can plant pollinators, water collectors, and beautiful flowering plants that help ward off pests.
Grow Perennial Plants
You don’t want to keep replanting every year, four times a year. Instead, plant perennials strategically so that each year at the right time of year, you have new plants without messing with the soil and digging all the time.
Don’t Leave Your Garden Soil Naked
You mustn't leave your soil uncovered for your food gardens and any soil you’re preparing.
You can cover it with natural mulch, compost, and straw. Or you can grow ground covering such as legumes, adding nutrients to the soil.
Think Maintenance Free
When planning your garden, try to think about the type of maintenance you’ll have to do to keep the garden going. Plant and design with that in mind so you can work with nature instead of against it.
When you do work with nature, you also naturally conserve water. For example, having higher grass will improve the roots so that you don’t need as much water. Collecting rainwater will help you save water too.
Plants will grow when they are given nutrient-rich soil, the right amount of water, sunshine, and care. It happens naturally in nature. There are 2000-year-old food forests that still produce (with very little intervention) food that feeds people. Nature is lovely and knows what it’s doing. It’s up to us to figure out what we can do to help rather than interfere.