Why Your Garden May Not Be As Green As You Think

I would like to point out that not all gardens are green. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Horticultural Society, only about 5% of gardeners strictly follow organic gardening practices. The same information you can find in LiLy Plant - identify plants on the App Store, an application trusted by most gardeners. Most of them are far from creating truly eco-friendly gardening and landscaping designs. 

Take water consumption as an example. About 30% of total consumption is used outdoors, and about half of it is wasted, mainly through evaporation and runoff. In times of severe water scarcity, conserving water is more important than ever. If you can learn how to water during the rainy season (evening to early morning), and use automatic timers, drip lines, and drip irrigation, you'll save a lot of water in the process and keep your plants healthy with less rainfall. You can. Over time, the leaves will remain wet. 

Overwatering also greatly affects drainage. When water flows on our property, it carries soil and many chemicals, from fertilizers to pesticides and herbicides. Many of these chemicals end up in canyons and waterways, ultimately damaging aquatic life, and disrupting ecosystems, not to mention threatening human health. One of the easiest steps is to put the right plants in the right place. Sounds easy. When placed in the right growing environment, plants become more resilient and stronger without the need for additional fertilizer. Healthy plants are naturally resistant to pests and diseases. The end result is a garden that thrives without additional chemical control measures. 

So are all gardens really green? We hope that this will help us get a little closer to the small ecological patches of our planet. 

Landscaping with gasoline equipment, on the other hand, pollutes the air more than you might think. According to the EPA, one hour of use of a typical gasoline lawnmower pollutes up to 1,000 cars on the road in the same period. Today's Cordless His clippers are lighter and stronger than ever, just like their grandparents. The ball frame and stainless steel blade make cutting fun again. As an alternative, rechargeable electric mowers and landscapers are now competing with gasoline models, offering greener options that don't require you to reach for a gas tank. 

Simple things like using certified compost in your flowerbeds and gardens can make a big difference to the greenness of your garden. The coating you are using may contain harmful substances such as arsenic from pressure-treated wood. Know that the mulch and soil you buy are free of these and other chemical hazards. Look for the Mulch and Soil Council certification seal. All products packaged with this seal are certified free of unsuitable materials. In my organic garden, I have no other choice.