Tips for Sustainable Gardening and Landscaping
Homeowners use gardening to improve soil health and air quality, but it is also a great way to increase the overall sustainability of your home. Gardening is an excellent pass-time that enhances your property's environment and aesthetics. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we believe that specific landscaping designs, plants, and gardening practices can effectively reduce your carbon footprint and use resources like water and power. Our professional plumber can help you switch toward sustainable landscaping and gardening by gradually incorporating these tips and changes as your budget and time allow.
Before anything is labeled organic, there's a set of regulations by the National Organic Program (NOP) that must be followed. Organic practices in your garden can improve the health of your crops and the overall sustainability of your garden. Some of the organic practices you can practice at home include avoiding chemicals, growing crops with the season, and conducting soil amendment practices like adding conditioners.
Our many years of providing quality plumbing service have made one thing clear: going organic reduces pollution of underground water sources, prevent the stripping of nutrients from the soil, and improves your water quality. This strategy is better for your general health and provides various environmental benefits. These practices go a long way in reducing the chemicals you put into the ground, making their way onto your food.
Mulch is made from natural materials and is applied to the top layer of the soil for its sustainability. Some benefits mulch offers in gardening include preserving soil moisture, improving soil health and fertility, reducing weed growth, and adding zero-waste aesthetic value. Whether you plan to use mulch on your flower beds or garden, mulch provides similar benefits to compost.
However, compost comprises decayed organic matter, such as food scraps which releases beneficial gases when matter decomposes. On the other hand, mulch is made up of things like yard waste and wood chips, and it serves as a protective layer while improving soil drainage.
Choose Plants Wisely
The plants you choose to grow in your garden can improve or affect your sustainability. Most indigenous plants are suitable for local wildlife and pollinators; not to mention, they require fewer fertilizers compared to non-indigenous plants. It is advisable to consult a professional when selecting plants for your landscape, especially if you are planning on growing indigenous plants from your area.
If indigenous plants are unavailable, perennials are an excellent choice for sustainable landscaping and gardening. Plants like sweet woodruff and creeping Charlie provide value to pollinators and require little maintenance. We recommend planting ground coverage plants on your lawn since a lot of fertilizer and water is used on properties.
The move towards sustainable landscaping and gardening starts in your yard and can be scaled to your available budget and resources. If you need professional help setting up your plumbing to support gardening activities, Mr. Rooter Plumbing can help. Contact us and schedule a consultation with our team of experts.