Use these tips to make your garden even greener, in the environmental sense
Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater.
Use a rain gauge to avoid overwatering during rainy times.
Use a soil-seeper hose to gradually water garden beds.
Water the garden early in the morning to minimize evaporation.
Perennials require less watering than annuals.
Growing several similar types of plants close together helps
Create an inviting garden for birds and friendly bugs that eat
pests. Consult your garden center for ideas.
Native plants are more resistant to pests in your area than
Using compost helps naturally feed plants while deterring pests.
Convert empty plastic containers into planters.
Start a compost pile with waste from your garden to use
on it later.
Keep compost piles out of direct sunlight and add water
during dry periods.
Buy second-hand outdoor furniture rather than purchasing
newly manufactured tables and chairs.
Avoid synthetic materials when choosing furniture and other
Creating a Habitat
Add bird baths or other water features to attract birds that will
eat harmful pests.
Wildflowers attract butterflies, moths and other helpful insects.
Flowers that bloom early or late in the season attract bees and
other pollinating insects that help keep local species healthy.