One of the best things you can do these days in your yard and your garden is to practice sustainability. Here are 6 tips covering everything from collecting rainwater to the best time to lay turf, that will help you get on track for environmental sustainability.
Rainwater is one of our most precious resources, therefore we should do as much as possible to conserve it. Any house with an outdoor space can harvest rainwater. The simplest way to do this is to set up a water system that fills barrels with the water runoff. This can then be used to water your garden. Another technique is to recycle your households grey water. 90% of the water we use in our household leaves the home as wasted water!
It seems in winter that nothing you do with your garden can detract pests and insects. But you can limit the damage and make life easier for yourself by finding out which plants are less susceptible to insect damage. You can also ditch the chemical treatments by using natural pesticides like bicarb soda mixed with vegetable oil and water.
Native plants are not only native to Australia but local to your area. They continue to be an important source of food and shelter for our native fauna. They enhance wildlife corridors and help with the preservation of local plants. Native plants require minimal watering and are more suited to Australian conditions.
Mulching your garden beds help them to retain moisture and also repress weeds. When we think of mulch, most people think of woodchips but actually mulching means covering the soil with an organic layer. Where-ever possible, an ideal solution is living mulch, particularly if it’s edible. This will suppress weeds while at the same time retaining moisture and shielding soil from the sun.
Composting is one of those practices that has so many great benefits to the environment. By composting your wasted food, you’ll help decrease soil erosion, enhance your soil structure, increase the amount of nutrients your plants are getting, improve water retention in the soil, suppress plant diseases and a whole lot more. Composting is also the most sustainable option for managing organic waste.
It seems like when you’re gardening everything is working against you but you can swing the odds back in your favour and help the environment by using Australia’s seasons to your full advantage. For example, if you’re planning a new lawn, you can make the process easy by familiarizing yourself with the best time to lay turf. Sourcing a good quality turf supplier will not only help with providing the right type of turf for your needs but also valuable Advice on when to plant and how to lay it. As with most living plants, the best time is when the weather is not too hot or too cold, and the lawn will need to be in its active growing season as well.
To find out more useful tips and techniques for gardening sustainably, talk to the experts, Rivers Edge Turf on 02 4579 9009.