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Greenscaping: The Easiest Way To A Healthy Organic Garden

Posted by admin on Apr 17, 2012 under organic garden

Maintaining a healthy organic garden is something my husband and I have always tried to do. Taking care oforganic garden greenscaping our lawn and garden is something we take pride in and doing it in a manner that Mother Nature would want us to do it, makes us proud. Besides, it costs less and is environmentally friendly.

In a recent article that I read written by Ashley Halligan (a market analyst for Software Advice) called “5 Simple Steps to Green Your Properties Landscape“, she says “… a little green TLC can be beneficial to the environment by reducing contaminants in water runoff and providing a toxin-free environment for humans and animals”. We certainly agree with her.

Greenscaping Helps Our Organic Garden

Greenscaping is a set of landscaping practices that improves the health of your garden and it protects and preserves the natural environment. Basically, it’s putting Mother Nature to work in your own yard.

There are 5 steps to successful greenscaping:

1. Build and Maintain Healthy Soil – Remember this…healthy plants grow in healthy soil. Regularly test your soil to find out what nutrients might be missing in your soil. Contact a Cooperative Center Office or check with your local nursury for a soil test kit.

Supplement your soil with compost (read Compost For Your Organic Garden) and use mulch around your plants to conserve water.

2. Plant the Right Plants for Your Site – Pick plants that grow naturally in your geographic area. Choose plants that grow well in the pH of your soil. Don’t grow too much grass and choose plants that don’t need too much water.

3. Practice Smart Watering – Too much water is unhealthy for most plants…give them only what they need. Water deeply and infrequently. Conserve every drop.

Establish a system for collecting rain water. For information, read Drought Insurance For Your Organic Garden.

4. Use a Holistic Approach to Pest Management – Start with prevention…maintain healthy soil and choose plants that are bug resistant.

Identify the type of bugs that are on your plants…some bugs are helpful. Manually removing harmful bugs is one way to control them and their are many organic ways to do it, also. Read Pest Controls From Your Kitchen Cabinet to learn more.

5. Practice Natural Lawn Care – Mow frequently and don’t remove over 1/3 of the height of the grass. Save time by leaving the clippings that will also naturally fertilize the grass. Use “natural organic” fertilizers and water infrequently, but deeply.

To keep us focused on what needs to be done depending on the season at hand, we use this free government seasonal calendar.

Greenscaping has certainly helped our organic garden and we encourage others who are not doing it to give it a try.

Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog

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