Water Saving Tips
Water means life to just about every creature on Earth. Yet, it may be the resource we take most for granted, in both our own lives and our efforts to nurture our gardens. As our demand for water increases, drought, pollution, and the declining watertable shrink our supply of this critical resource and threaten the habitat of mink, herons, dragonflies, and countless other wildlife species.
Natural Insect Control
A garden is more than just plants. It is a place where children can discover the wonder of nature as they observe beetles scurrying across a path or butterflies dancing among the flowers. It is an oasis of calm and beauty where we can escape from our busy lives. It’s a space for pets to roam and it provides shelter and food for numerous types of wildlife, such as finches, toads, and ladybugs.
Each year, nature provides a blanket of mulch. While the leaves of deciduous trees are a fairly obvious ground covering each fall, there are many other natural “mulches.” Evergreen needles are also shed yearly. Grasses die back and their debris, along with that of perennials and annuals, covers the ground, only to be replaced by fresh growth in the spring.
Aren’t all gardeners green? Not entirely. To be a fully green gardener, you need to consider the effect your gardening choices have on the environment around you and minimize negative impacts where possible. This goes a long way in helping both humans and wildlife alike.
Avoiding pesticides or conserving resources, such as water, may seem like a small thing but with millions of gardens across the country, the positive impacts are enormous. This section includes some incredibly beneficial actions you can take to create an environmentally friendly garden.