A few Eco-Friendly Lawn and Garden Tips that Will Save You Money

Submitted by Jasmina on Sat, 2009-04-04 19:42.

Ladybugs come to my garden.A beautiful, well-maintained yard is a source of pleasure and relaxation for everyone. A little planning can help reduce carbon dioxide levels, promote environmental sustainability and can even save you a little money. Here are a few Eco-smart gardening tips to transform your garden and yard into an environment that is both beautiful and eco-friendly:

De-fuel

According to Statistics Canada, using a standard gas mower for one hour causes the same amount of pollution as driving a new car 550 km. For a greener alternative, try using push reel or electric mowers and cordless trimmers. These non-gasoline powered solutions help eliminate harmful emissions, are quieter, and can save you anywhere between $55-550 in annual fuel costs. This analysis is based on data from Environment Canada.

Cut high

Set your lawn mower so it cuts high (approximately 7-8 cm from the ground) to encourage the growth of deep roots. Taller blades and deeper roots make grass more naturally resistant to insects, help control crabgrass, and conserve moisture better by shading the soil.

Grow up, not out

For condo dwellers and those who lack landscape space, growing vertical plants or herbs on the side of your building is a great alternative to a traditional garden. Vertical plants require minimal care, help cut down on noise, and will improve air quality around your living space.

Waste not, want not

According to Natural Resources Canada, 50 per cent of water used for gardening in Canada is wasted as a result of overwatering. To prevent water waste, use the soaker instead of the mist setting on your hose. This delivers water directly to the base of the plant and reduces water loss due to evaporation. If using a sprinkler, keep the water low to the grass and make sure it doesn't fall on nearby sidewalks or driveways.

Let it rain

Rainwater, not chemically-treated tap water, is the best source of nutrients for growing your plants and collecting it is always a good idea. Creating your own rainwater collection system can be as easy as setting up jars, bowls, or barrels to collect and store water for drier periods. You can also take advantage of rainwater by positioning downspouts so that water flows directly onto planted beds, lawn areas, or directly into your rainwater collection system. Either way, you can watch your plants grow up, and your water and utility bills go down.