Sustaining the Gardner by Pat Boyd

This is the first report of the sustainability series initiated by the Countryside Garden Club. Each of our members will participate in reporting a subject of their choice.

Need to sustain the species responsible for the care of our landscapes.

  • Use deciduous trees on south side of our home to creScreen Shot 2013-11-08 at 6.24.29 AMate summer shade and evergreens on north side to stop winter winds.
  • Water efficiently – use soaker hose or drip irrigation – water directly to root zone preferably in the morning – avoid sprinklers – water infrequently but deeply to encourage deep roots.
  • Group plants with similar water needs.
  • Reduce storm water runoff by using rain barrels and/or rain gardens.
  • Stabilize stream banks or pond edges using water-loving plants that reduce soil erosion.
  • Stabilize slopes with ground covers.
  • Reduce or eliminate lawns!!!
  • Minimize the use of impervious surfaces so rainwater can be filtered before reaching storm water system.
  • Choose drought-tolerant plants, except in wet spots.
  • Weed regularly – because weeds compete for water with the plants we want.
  • Let lawns go dormant in summer.
  • Mulch.
  • Compost.
  • Adopt low maintenance techniques such as:
    • Relying on trees and shrubs
    • Planting in sweeps and masses
    • Use simple curves around landscape beds
  • As sustained gardner, we increase local plant and animal diversity while creating the air and filtering water– so gardening benefits the environment more than we may have thought!!