August 31, 2015

Taking Care of Your Garden

Your garden is often the first impression people have when they come to your home, or it's a valuable food source. Perhaps it is both. But it also needs a lot of work to make sure it is maintained successfully and can fit your budget. But that doesn't mean it needs to be a lot of effort.

One of the best ways to do this is to go green. Spraying chemicals on your plants don't just kill weeds. They can also kill your plants too, and helpful wildlife like bees and worms. Using natural pest deterrents like raised beds and concentrated garlic juice will keep your plants healthier, help Mother Nature, and keep your wallet happy. After all, you won't have to spend money on expensive chemicals anymore when you go green, and you can save money at the grocery store by growing organic food yourself, which is much safer for you and your family. And making a raised bed and spraying it with organic pesticides won't take any more time than spraying chemicals on your plants. 

Another way to help your garden is to start a compost. It can be a pile on the corner of your lawn, or in a barrel. You can put all of your leftover food, weeds, and other biodegradable waste into the compost. Once that breaks down, you can fertilize your plants with it instead of buying fertilizer from the store. Not only will it keep your garden looking nice and healthy, but it will also save you trips to the dump because starting a compost cuts the amount of trash taken to the dump in half. And it hardly takes any more effort than throwing something into the trash. 

Even though going green is a great way to ensure your garden's health in a cost-efficient and thorough manner, you might decide it's more trouble than it's worth. After all, even though both methods described do not take a lot more effort than what you already do to care for your garden, they do take a little more effort. With our busy schedules, that is sometimes not an option. So here are some ways to save some time and money in gardening. 

 The first way to save yourself time is to install an irrigation system or sprinkler system in your garden. This will save you from watering your garden by hand, which can sometimes take hours. And having sprinklers doesn't necessarily mean high water bills and a large energy consumption in the long run. You can turn on the water system only when the plants really need it and only for a few minutes, and then they will be watered and you can turn it off. Easy as that. If you really want, you can even invest into smart valves with automatic pressure control that won’t waste any water. It saves you time and energy to do more work in your garden, and it only uses a little bit of your electricity and water. If you use a private well, you won't even have to pay for the water anyway. 

Another way to save time and money is to shrink the size of your lawn or get rid of it altogether if you can. Lawns suck up a lot of time and energy without really contributing anything. You need to mow the lawn, which takes time and electricity or gas, spray it with weed killer, which takes more time and money and can often be harmful to you and the environment, and you need to fertilize it, which is more time and money. All this creates is a bed of grass that isn't even particularly beautiful. So instead of putting all that care into your lawn, take part of it and turn it into a garden for low-maintenance plants, like bleeding hearts or irises. In just about every environmental zone you can find plants that do not need more than water and annual touch-ups. Now mowing and spraying the lawn will take less time and you can save money in electricity bills and other gardening costs and have a much more attractive property at the same time. 

No matter how you look at it, going green is the best way to have a healthy garden with less work and in a cost-efficient manner.