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September 27,2022

Sustainable Gardening and Landscaping Tips

Many residents take part in gardening and landscaping to relax and have a piece of mind. As there is minimum effort required, it also has a load of benefits too! Your garden and landscape maintain the ability to improve air quality and preserve your soil health. Of course this can only be achieved by proper care and practice. Scattering certain plants along your garden and specific landscaping designs can accomplish your goals. This is a process that can take a while, so there’s no need to rush as these things develop better with time. You can slowly apply the following tips from our trusted plumbers and increase the sustainability on your property.

Conserve Water

Some people overestimate how much water your garden and lawn needs. This leads to water being wasted for no reason as it isn’t doing any good for the grass and plants. Water your plants only when they need it. Most lawns need 1-1.5 inches of rainfall per week to operate. Setting up a rain gauge to record inches of rainfall during a week can solve your watering issue.

Installing a water collection system can help with water conservation as well. This can store rainfall water to later on use to water your plants.

Using a waterless landscaping option such as artificial grass can also offer decent sustainability. As it isn’t real grass, this can save your costs on water consumption and preserve it for better use.

You can invest in plants that do not require high usage of water such as cacti and succulents.

Utilize Mulch

Mulch is a layer of material applied onto your soil. It provides health, improved fertility, moisture, and more. As it enhances the visual aspect of your property, it also does work in your soil to improve sustainability.

It even provides more benefits such as:

  • Lessens the weed in plants
  • Reduces the amount of water evaporated from the soil
  • Allows better air-flow and water-flow movement throughout the soil

Mulch is made of organic matter such as tree bark, wood chippings, or grass clippings. Applying this substance in your garden is preferred as it will perform to its abilities better in that environment

Use of Fertilizer

As using fertilizer offers nutrients for your soil and faster growth, using excess amounts of it can endanger plants as they overgrow and can be more vulnerable to diseases. Testing your soil before usage of fertilizer is the best way to see how much you need to use.

The runoff of fertilizer can later on pollute groundwater and streams. To avoid this, apply the substance properly.

Reduce Fuel Energy Usage

Owning gas-powered equipment can affect your property sustainability in a negative way. Switching to electric or manual machinery can save you from using gasoline and is also better for the environment.

Believe it or not, there are electric lawn mowers available for sale. As this is the number one gasoline using machine on your lawn, turning to an electric based model can offer a major improvement in sustainability in the long run.

Investing your money in electric based tools and solar energy powered lights reduces energy usage and is a step forward in your goal.

Sometimes hand digging is the way to go. Using your bare hands to remove a few weeds sticking out of place is the best course of action to reduce energy usage.

Do You Have Unanswered Questions?

The move towards sustainable gardening and landscaping can begin on your property with a professional plumbing service. If you have any further questions about this process, speak with our friendly representatives for our plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing.

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