Gardening can be a quiet, relaxing hobby that brings people closer to nature and leaves them with a sense of accomplishment. However, some gardening practices do not bring with them the benefits that we seek. For instance, Americans use nearly 7 billion gallons of water per day on their landscaping, which is about one-third of the daily water use for the entire country. This puts a strain on water reserves and negatively impacts natural resources elsewhere.
Eco-friendly gardening is becoming a prevalent practice as people across the nation seek the benefits of gardening while limiting the negative effects it could have on the ecosystem. Through careful preparation and good habits, home gardens can promote great environmental improvements. A rain barrel can be utilized to collect and store rainwater for your garden without unnecessarily using outside water supplies. Planting specific types of flowers can attract helpful animals that will eat harmful pests, reducing the need for chemical pesticides.
The tips in the accompanying checklist can help you practice eco-friendly gardening in your backyard. Take a look and see what you can do to make your garden more of a help to the environment.