There are many factors to consider to create environmentally friendly landscape designs. But the basic principle is that you should let climate determine what plants to grow to prevent the use of too many fertilizers, pesticides, and water. So, if you are looking for some eco-friendly ways to improve your garden, these sustainable ideas will give you a landscape makeover that will work hand-in-hand with nature.
What would your Garden look like around the World?
For some, gardening is a laborious task akin to cleaning or sorting taxes. In the past, gardens were created for practical use only, for growing food or creating shade in the hot weather. Over time, they have evolved to become a means of self-expression or to preserve cultural traditions.
If we look closer at both the residential and public gardens in different countries, they offer important insight into different cultures, traditions and lifestyles. Each aspect of a garden from the plants and trees, types of furniture and layout reveals something new about another country.
This infographic created by the team at 4 Everdeck looks at the different gardens and gardening trends of countries around the world. Through images, facts and statistics, we hope to provide insight into the lives of other people and different cultures, as well as giving some unique garden design inspiration! Read on to find out more.
There’s a reason seasoned gardeners refer to compost as black gold. Rich and dark, this earth-like substance composed of decayed organic material is a powerhouse of nutrients. When incorporated into the soil, plants are healthier, flowers bloom brighter, and pests don’t stand a chance.
The best part? Compost can be made at home from ingredients you were planning to throw away, which means it’s not only good for the garden but environmentally responsible as well.
Composting at home is neither complicated nor expensive, and all it takes to start is just a few materials and the right combination of organic matter.
Have you noticed that spring is coming earlier, that plants are blooming at odd times, or that rains are more intense? If so, it’s likely you’re witnessing the first stages of climate change – and how we plan and manage our gardens will have to change. More and more scientists agree that we’re locked into a global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius, which is a number we’re told we can’t cross in order to maintain our planet’s equilibrium.
Your garden can make a significant difference in the fight against climate change. We can use trees, shrubs, and vines to shade our homes and reduce energy use while sequestering carbon from the air. The plants we choose can be composed largely of natives, which are genetically hardwired to tackle local weather extremes. And lawn-reducing planting beds that are thick and lush, just like we’d see in nature, make added contributions to minimizing carbon footprints while providing essential habitat for diverse wildlife.
Used coffee grounds offer many benefits to plants, flowers, and vegetables—improving water retention, drainage, and soil aeration are at the top of that list. Coffee grounds also allow certain beneficial microorganisms to thrive and attract earthworms, which are a garden’s best friend.