Did you know that not every garden is automatically eco-friendly? While it might seem like adding flowers and plants to your backyard should always be positive for the environment, certain parts of your garden can actually harm water, soil, and wildlife. When planning a calming new garden as part of your outdoor space, it is crucial to make sure that you are taking steps to protect the environment.
If you are looking to create a soothing backyard garden in the near future, take a look at four ways you can make that space conservation conscious.
Be aware of the amount of water you use
If you plan to add an element of water to your garden, watch the amount of water that you use. Zen outdoor water fountains are a great way to add aesthetic appeal, as well as make it easy to control the amount of water that you use. Certain water fountains will even help attract birds, and provide them with a place to rest.
Get creative with your compost bin
Who says that compost can’t be part of a relaxing garden? Creative outdoor compost bins are becoming the preferred way to store and collect compost. Choose a natural looking design that fits well with your outdoor space. Composting has a range of benefits, including the reduction of waste and enrichment of soil. Eventually, when it is ready, you’ll be able to use your compost to help grow your beautiful new garden.
Add a decorative rain barrel
One of the main functions of a rain barrel is to collect rainwater for use in your garden. This further helps reduce the amount of water that you use, which is essential for conserving natural resources. However, some of the mainstream rain barrels that you may have seen would not be a good fit for a beautiful and calming garden. Rain barrel designs have come a long way, and can now fit the look of almost any garden. Find the rain barrel design that works best for the style of your garden to help conserve water.
Use organic soil and organic plants
Conventional soil and plants can be full of harmful pesticides and insecticides that can pollute water and soil. When selecting materials for your new garden, be sure to choose organic options. This will ensure that you limit the chance of any harmful impact your garden has on the environment.
Achieve a calming and environmentally conscious garden
With a bit of advanced planning and education, your new backyard garden can be both a source of relaxation, as well as an earth friendly addition to your outdoor space. Making the effort to reduce your water use, utilizing techniques to conserve natural resources, and choosing organic soil and plants will help to preserve the planet.
By: Sally Perkins, www.outdoorartpros.com
Warren County SWCD Staff Blog
A blog to keep you informed on all the latest news at Warren County SWCD and in the conservation world.