Earth Day Resolutions: Top 10 Tips for an EcoBeneficial Garden
Here are some easy ways to increase the health of the ecosystem in your landscape. If you have more tips, please let us know.
1) Reduce or eliminate your lawn – it’s an ecological desert.
2) Focus on increasing the health of your soil – it’s filled with life! Compost is king for many soils, not fertilizer.
3) Eliminate synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Use organic counterparts sparingly, and carefully, if at all.
4) Support beneficial insects with appropriate native plantings. They are nature’s pest control.
5) Enrich the ecosystem in your yard by planting a diversity of native plants. Bio-diverse landscapes are more resistant to pests, diseases, and extreme weather events.
6) Plant the right plant in the right place. Don’t put sun-loving plants in the shade!
7) Remove invasive plants and replace them with regionally native plants.
8) Emulate nature in your garden – use local wild areas as your reference.
9) Tolerate some messiness in your garden to support wildlife (check out all the critters living under a dead log – they are part of a balanced ecosystem).
10) Plant more native plants! They have co-evolved with other living things in your ecosystem and support them.
Happy Earth Day from Kim Eierman at Ecobeneficial!
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