Beginner’s guide to ecological gardening II
Ecological gardening can be considered as a mainstream movement as ecology became a part of fashion. However, it is extremely important to save our natural environment as industry and pollution are going too far away in destroying the natural environment. If you are serious about keeping the mother nature alive, you can start with simple steps in your garden because all great paths are started with a few simple steps. So, let’s go back to ecological gardening.
Natural and organic lawn
If talking about the lawns surrounding houses, people forget that these lawns are not for football or golf playing. Your lawn might be used for relaxing, playing with your dog or planting carrots and tulips. It doesn’t need to be extremely strong and short as those artificial lawns you saw in a football stadium. You should allow the natural herbs to grow up in your lawn, they have no harmful impact and the diversity looks nice. In autumn, allow fallen leaves to decompose in place rather than rake them away.
If you want to increase the diversity of your lawn and make it more playful, any regional, native wildflower seed mix works wonderfully with a regional, native grass seed mix. These options of local flowers are adaptable, non-aggressive and shorter than many native kinds of grass. You can include white clover and lavender seeds in your grass mix. Don’t forget to add the little layer of compost after planting grass with other seeds in order to create the natural microbial life that will make your lawn to grow up faster and look healthy.
Be aware of what lawn mower you use. The best choice would be a mulching mower as it can give the clipping back to the soil. It’s always better to use a hand push mower or one of those new movers with solar batteries as they have no harmful impact on lawn and environment. The gas-powered lawn mowers are the worst possibilities as they are a major source of air pollution and, according to the statistics, these mowers have more harmful effect than cars.
When the soil and lawn of your garden are naturally prepared, it’s time to add some other plants to make a great variety. You can plant fruits, berries, vegetables, trees, flowers or choose any other option you like. There are no bad or harmful plants to your ecological garden. The main rule is to choose plants according to the natural conditions of your garden. Before buying any plants or seeds, you need to evaluate the amount of sun and shade, soil type, humidity, weather temperature and geographical conditions of the country you live in. It’s better to choose and combine plants from similar growing environments if you are seeking to create a good ecological design.
Don’t forget that fruits, berries and vegetable gardens require lots of extra fertility so you must use more compost in order to grow up these plants and enjoy the great harvest. Native or local plants that do not provide harvest need all this fuss and thrive with organic mulch or compost as their only addition. Organic mulches or compost ensure the natural moisture of the soil, so you can use it to maintain flowers or any other plants and be sure that you are not making any damages to the natural environment.