Perfect Eco-Friendly Spring Gardening Tips

As the spring season approaches days are getting warmer and longer and that gives more time to spend outdoors in the gardens.

It may be a little cold and even snowy on the ground with sub-freezing temperatures in some parts but it is also the perfect time to start planning your eco-friendly spring gardening regime.

Have you ever thought about whales ever? Why not saving some water for these creatures this year? You can do that easily with more consciousness and effectively in your water usage. It would be great if you invest in some quality hoses and sprayers tto spread the water through the plants, shrubs, and flowers evenly. If you use an automatic timer for your sprinklers, be vigilant in turning them off after a good rain shower.

eco friendly gardeningToo much watering will not only cause damage and stunt the growth of the plants but also dilute the soil and render the fertilizers.

Pest control issues must be handled more carefully. Be gentle with use of sprays on the sensitive flowers. Better adopt practice of  using eco-friendly pest sprays to keep your garden organic.

Harsh chemicals may promise extraordinary growth but cause more damage as well. Adoption of natural and organic gardening solutions could help the environment at the same time.  Read the rest of this entry

Celebrity Gardeners Urge To Save Peat Bogs

Celebrity gardeners are urging people to work with, not against, nature to find an alternative, writes Alison O’Riordan.

Fears are growing rapidly in the gardening world that digging up bogs is destroying important wildlife habitat and driving climate change. In fact, 42 per cent of the controversial compost used in gardens continues to be peat, with many celebrity gardeners admitting amateur gardeners refuse to phase it out.

Most of the peat used by gardeners comes from bogs which are important to wildlife habitats. Industry sources estimate the gardening peat market to be worth billions.

Peat lands are disappearing at a tremendous rate and it is unacceptable that we are destroying such ancient wildlife habitats in order to satisfy a so called eco-friendly hobby called ‘gardening’.

Thousands of acres of peat lands are dug up every year in order to satisfy peat gardening needs alone. It is pure laziness that we don’t use the obvious alternative like kitchen and garden compost, leaf mould and coir.

Grdening, like the energy industry, needs to cop on and change, we need to work with nature not against it. Work with the soil you have rather than working against nature. We don’t need to keep destroying our wildlife habitats, there are lots of peat-free alternatives and the quality has improved in recent years.

Gardening techniques change all of the time so the gardeners need to be open to new eco-friendly products.

The more seeds you plant, the more you love the earth.  There are certainly a lot of people who may not be aware that gardening can even do harm to the environment.  A large amount of carbon dioxide can be released through tilling the soil.  This contributes to global warmingWhen you cultivate and compact the soil, you are destroying good fungi in the soilFertilizers like nitrogen and manure obviously contaminate the water you drink.

How Gardeners Can Minimize Global warming

The earth’s soil give out carbon dioxide in the atmosphere 10 times more than all human activity.  This comes from the pill bugs, microbes, fungi and worms when they breathe, digest food and then die although in the past, plants have been capable of absorbing carbon dioxide caused by small-scale tillages.  
Actually, the increase of the globe’s average temperature is because of the carbon dioxide the soil emits.  Even if the global carbon cycle is capable of absorbing it, soil cultivation can lead to a warmer climate The good news is that tilling can be minimized by mulching or sheet composting. Read the rest of this entry

Very often people find it difficult to distinguish between plant nutrition  and plant fertilization. These two are entirely different aspects as a matter of fact. 

“Plant nutrition refers to the needs and uses of the basic chemical elements in the plant,” Koske explains. “Fertilization is the term used when these materials are supplied to the environment around the plant. But chemical change may occur before a plant nutrient supplied in a fertilizer can be taken up and used by the plant,” says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske. Read the rest of this entry

The independent New Forest Land Advice Service was set up by the New Forest National Park Authority, Natural England and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust earlier this year to support land owners and managers for the benefit of the environment.
They are calling on gardeners at this time of year to leave hedge cutters and shears in the garden shed until September to give the birds some help during the bird breeding season. Read the rest of this entry

There are substantial benefits to the environment from healthy lawns :

1.   A 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four every day.

2.   Lawns cool the atmosphere. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning, which is enough for 16 average homes.

3.   Grass plants capture and use greenhouse gases, thereby helping to counteract climate change.

4.   A well-fed lawn sequesters twice as much greenhouse gases as an unfed lawn.

5.   Dense, healthy grass slows water runoff, removing contaminants and trapping dirt and dust particles. Fresh, filtered water returns to the underground water supply.

6.   Lawns provide a soft cool space outdoors for people and pets to rest and play.

Recently introduced “Green” electric and battery powered mowers are not only better for the environment, they are less expensive to run than gasoline powered mowers. Costing only pennies to use each time, they require no gas fill-ups and are quieter than gasoline-powered mowers. Customers can also choose between cord and cordless electric and battery powered mowers; corded mowers are ideal for smaller yards while cordless are convenient for larger spaces. Most models have an on-board battery charger that will automatically shut down when the battery is fully charged.

The new eco-conscious mowers use energy efficient power and allow for low-noise and less-mess lawn maintenance, making outdoor lawn care feel less like a chore for customers and more of a step towards making a “live green” commitment.

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