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Eco-friendly Lawn and Garden Care

April 29, 2013

eco-friendly lawn and gardenSPRING HAS SPRUNG!!

Now is the time to start planning your eco-friendly lawn and garden.

But, if just the thought of everything you need to do is overwhelming, READ ON! We have put together a list of a few simple ways of creating an eco-friendly lawn and garden that will make even the most novice gardener seem like a pro:

1. LET’S START AT THE VERY BEGINNING. As the song says, this is a very good place to start! And what is the beginning of an eco-friendly lawn and garden? YOUR SOIL! Let ORGANIC SOIL SOLUTIONS help you renew, revitalize, correct, and condition your soil organically to help ensure healthy thriving trees, shrubs, and lawns.

2. MULCH LOVE. Adding mulch to your landscaping plan will not only conserve moisture around your plants, trees and shrubs, it will also help reduce weeds and add nutrients to the soil as well.  Visit our friends at THE GREEN CONNECTION to find all-natural mulch options that contain organic matter for a more eco-friendly environment for your yard.

3. WE AREN’T GOING TO TAKE (MUCH WATER) ANYMORE!  Conserve your water consumption (and decrease your water bill!) by growing drought tolerant plants such as Globe thistle, Bigroot geraniums, Hostas or even Spider plants. Visit the UMass Amherst website for a complete list of drought tolerant plants perfect for any yard. Also, visit our friends at PEARLS PREMIUM LAWN AND GRASS SEED to find out more about their amazing ultra-low maintenance grass seed that requires very little water OR mowing!

4. IT’S (NOT) IN THE BAG.  When mowing your lawn, don’t bag your grass. The short clippings break down quickly, adding organic matter, nutrients and moisture to the soil. Plus, you will save room in the landfill.

5. NATURAL PEST CONTROL. No one wants little critters eating up the garden. But, harsh chemicals can harm the soil and the produce. Why not try a more eco-friendly approach? Start by checking your garden regularly for pests and when possible remove small infestations by hand first. Or consider using traps, barriers, and natural products if further control is needed.

HAVE YOU TRIED?

Catnip -Plant near squash and cucumbers to repel squash bugs and aphids.

Radishes – Plant throughout the garden to deter cucumber beetles.

Onions – Plant throughout the garden to help keep pests away from cabbages, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, cucumbers and more.

Marigolds- Plant throughout the garden and around the border help prevent nematodes and repel pests.

hot_peppers

OR CREATE YOUR OWN NATURAL REPELLANT!

GARLIC AND HOT PEPPER SPRAY

(recipe via – http://wellnessmama.com)

What You Need:

  • 2-4 Cloves of Garlic
  • At least 4 hot cayenne (or hotter) peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable or other oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Castille Soap like Dr. Bronners
  • 2-3 cups hot water
  • blender
  • towel, strainer or cheesecloth

What to do:

  • Put garlic, peppers, oil, soap and water in a blender and blend on high for several minutes.
  • Leave in a bowl or pitcher overnight or for at least 12 hours to intensify the effects of the garlic and peppers.
  • Strain through towel, cheesecloth or strainer and store in a glass jar
  • To use, pour about 2 TBSP in a 16 ounce spray bottle (or 3 TBSP in a 24 ounce) and shake well.
  • Spray directly on plants as needed. (Be sure to test a small area first to be sure it doesn’t damage plants!)
  • Can be used as often as needed for preventative and pest controlling effects.

What are some ways YOU plan to create an eco-friendly lawn and garden this year?

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  1. May 1, 2013 6:57 am

    Reblogged this on edible South Shore Blog and commented:
    From our friends at GoGreen Web Directory.

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  1. Eco-Friendly Lawn and Garden Care from the GoGreen Web Directory … great stuff…

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