September 27, 2016
3 Earth-Wise Gardening Tips from a Leading Landscaping Company in Parkmore
Looking for a landscaping company in Parkmore that can transform your outdoor space into something beautiful and functional, but at the same time also help you go green? Our Mother Earth has been going through a very rough time. Slowly, we have been destroying our environment without even realising the consequences. If there was ever a time to be earth-wise and plan something to sustain what we still have, for future generations to come, it’s now. If you love gardening just as much as we do, then here are three excellent earth-wise tips
#1 Avoid Using Harmful Herbicides and Pesticides
While every garden attracts healthy pests, they also attract unhealthy pests and weeds. One of the worst things you can do is spray your garden with a chemical cocktail of fertilisers, pesticides or weed killers. Generously doused on weeds and pests without a care in the world, what these herbicides and pesticides don’t say on the bottle is that not only do they wipe out your entire eco-system, including pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, but they also harm your health and pollute your groundwater. If you want to preserve your soil and health, then rather turn to natural biodegradable products to do the job.
#2 Recycle, Compost and Mulch
An important component of a civilised society – recycling helps to conserve resources and energy, and it also supports a healthy environment. When we dump, burn and bury raw kitchen scraps or decaying leaves, we are enabling the polluting of our air with a greenhouse gas called methane, and this is why we all need to recycle our kitchen and garden scraps, and turn it into compost. Just as we need good nutrition, so do plants, which is why composting is so good for the soil. One of the best and most ethical tips we can give you is to turn your kitchen scraps, grass clippings, wood or bark chips, decaying leaves, peat, straw and/or pebbles into compost. Not only are you nourishing the soil, but you are also reducing your environmental footprint.
#3 Save Water and Conserve Energy
Let’s face it – not only is water and electricity expensive, but Gauteng is currently in the midst of a serious water crisis, which is why it’s so important to conserve as much of this precious resource as possible. While you could replace your green lawn with a low-maintenance rock garden filled with pretty drought-resistant perennials, you could also conserve water and energy by installing built-in sprinklers or drip irrigation timers to avoid overwatering. Depending on the amount of water required, you could also install a borehole or a rainwater tank. Lighting is another issue. While there are many homes and businesses in Parkmore that rely on outside lights at night for security – have you ever considered going solar?
We Believe the Future of Landscaping is Green
Allowing for the natural order of things to dictate design, we are an eco-friendly landscaping company that is driven and passionate about nature, plants and the environment. Earth-wise in all that we do, we firmly believe in only using local materials, and natural and biodegradable herbicides – all while following the principals of energy-efficient sustainable landscape design. To learn more, chat to our team at EarthLinks Landscaping today.