Planning a “green” garden

Gardening, in and of itself, is a green practice, but there’s a lot you can do to maximize your garden’s eco-friendliness. Here are three ways to make your garden even greener:


  • Minimize grass. Lawns take a tremendous amount of water to maintain — not to mention the gas or electricity it takes to keep them manicured! Replace your lawn with plants requiring less water, like groundcover or wildflowers, or fill the space with stone, pavers or other decorative elements.
  • Start composting. Instead of buying fertilizer to enhance your garden’s soil, compost your organic scraps. It’s not a quick solution, but starting now will ensure that in a year or less, you’ll not only have reduced your waste that previously went to the landfill, but you will have created natural soil enrichment for your garden.
  • Include plants that produce nectar and pollen to attract natural pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths. They love diverse options, like yarrow, salvia, coneflower, marjoram and lavender. Increasing these plant populations supports the ecosystem upon which we all depend.
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