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 create 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.
- 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!!