One of the easiest ways to become more sustainable is by practicing green gardening, where everyday wastes and simple activities can save you money and beautify your yard. Simple activities such as:
- Add mulch to garden beds and pots.
- Compost food scraps and garden vegetation into rich natural and inexpensive soils which is good for the environment.
- Reduce the lawn size when designing your yard.
- Create a worm farm that turns your food leftovers into rich soil-like ‘castings’ which are great for feeding house plants, adding to seedling mixes and potting soils or top-dressing around plants.
- Consider native plants, they not only look great, but provide food and habitat for native birds and wildlife.
- Choose lawns and native Australian plants with a low water demand.
- Collect rainwater into tanks for watering plants in your yard.
- Keep planted areas dense and consolidated, and group plants according to their water requirements.
- Use windbreaks, pergolas, screens, lattice, shade cloth and vines to shelter the house, outdoor living areas and plants.
- Prepare the soil before planting with water crystals to ensure that plants can make the most of the water they need.
- Provide wind buffers to help prevent soil particle movement.
- Consider planting local native trees.
- Consider the amount of disturbance to your soils. The more worked up your soil is, the more susceptible it is to erosion.
- Be mindful of water flows on your property.