Green is the new black: How to grow an eco-friendly garden
(NC) Green is the new black as we become aware of the power of green gardening. So no matter whether you're a landscape architect looking to support a recurring client , a condo dweller content with a couple of potted herbs, or a home owner looking to do your part for the environment, a little guidance from the world's largest producer of outdoor power products will have you on trend in no time. Take a look at these tips from Husqvarna:
∙ Compost: Improve soil fertility by using kitchen food scraps. You don't need to throw away perfectly good plant food. Known as 'gardener's gold', compost is an inexpensive way to give your soil high-powered nutrients.
∙ Harvest rainwater: Adding a rain barrel is an easy way to capture water for watering lawns, yards and gardens. Be sure to put a screen on top of your barrel to keep out unwanted debris and creatures.
∙ Updating tools: Is it time to trade in your lawn mower for a newer version? Newer lawn mowers are more fuel efficient and produce less harmful emissions. Also, you may want to consider a lightweight trimmer that is compatible with multiple attachments so you can work more efficiently.
∙ Bee friendly: Provide a pesticide-free sanctuary for butterflies and bees by growing a diverse variety of flowers. Flower such as wild lilac, goldenrod and lemon balm are particularly inviting to our flying friends.
∙ Give some breathing room: Soil loosening makes it possible for oxygen to reach the roots of the plants and also creates a better-looking flowerbed. In smaller beds you can get by with hand tools, but if you're working with larger areas, a rotary cultivator is the way to go.
∙ One man's mulch is another man's fertilizer: Leave the clippings on your lawn. Not only do you eliminate the time to bag and dump the mulch, but the clippings fertilize the soil and lawn.
More lawn tips and information about tool options for green gardening can be found online at www.husqvarna.ca.