There’s a general push these days for low waste backyard gardens. Changes in the environment are slowly emphasizing the need to manage waste better. And they can help with that by lessening the organic waste households create and the energy used. Plants should be carefully chosen so that they suit the climate and general environment of the area while providing a sustainable habitat for wildlife. Organic material should then be converted into compost or mulch and reused to lessen the need for fertilizers. When designed correctly, a low waste backyard garden will save valuable time and resources on fertilizing and watering.
How to Make Your Backyard Gardens Low Waste
The front yard and garden are some of the worst areas when it comes to energy and water consumption, organic waste from plant clippings and leaves, and pollution that result from fertilizer residue. However, most homeowners and gardeners love their gardens so changes should be made on how they can improve their impact on the environment. Start by critically examining lawns or backyard gardens for changes that can be incorporated. Check if it’s feasible to expand flower beds, add an herb or vegetable garden or to create a small habitat for local wildlife.
They can be planted with ground covers that require minimal watering and mowing. Some of these ground covers only require for you to buy a little fertilizer in compost form and a trim once a year. This simple landscaping change will save time that you’ll otherwise spend fertilizing, mowing, and watering and will help the environment at the same time.
There are still ideas that you can try if reducing the size of the gardens are just not possible. For instance, don’t throw grass clippings in the rubbish bin. Take them and place them in a compost heap. These are great sources of nitrogen and are beneficial to the compost heap. Or refrain from using a mower’s catcher when cutting the grass and just leave the clippings behind. These will dry out, turn to mulch and minimize the gardens’ reliance on fertilizers. However, this is good only if you mow regularly. Long gardens might end up with grass clippings in piles so don’t forget to rake and place them in the compost pit, otherwise they might ruin the lawn underneath.
Effective Small Backyard Landscaping Ideas
If you’re fortunate enough to be able to design a low waste backyard garden from scratch, do some research on different plant alternatives that you can use to buy and the ones that are for sale. Check out some of the new turf varieties. There are some that grow slower than others and require minimal mowing and watering.
Some possible plants that can be used when doing organic landscaping are Dryarna flavius, Kidney Weed, Wild Thyme, Nathers Green, Swamp Mazus and Corsican Mint. These varieties usually require less water and can be walked on, while some are shade loving plants.
It will be more effective in helping the environment if the plants chosen easily thrive in the soil and climate of the area. Planting local fauna can lessen the garden’s dependence on fertilizers and water since they’re already suited to the local climate. Planting trees, low maintenance shrubs and groundcovers native to the area also has the added benefit of providing food and shelter to the local wildlife. Make the plants in your backyard garden robust and more resilient to diseases by planting them based on their shade and light requirements.
If your backyard garden has new garden beds, they should be covered in mulch to save on water and fertilizer. You can use leaves and some mature compost for your mulch. You can also use straw or wood chips, but try to use them only when the available mulch has been used up. Remember that mulch is good for soil water retention. However, mulch also absorbs about 30% of the water that you spray around. It’s better to water the plant’s root ball instead.
Finally, build a compost bin or heap for it or look for some that are for sale. Grass clippings, leaves and twigs can all be placed here. You can also add other household waste before burying and once everything is fully composted, it can be used as inexpensive, but effective mulch and soil conditioners for them.