Five Tips to an Eco-Friendly Garden

Now that spring is finally here and Earth Day is right around the corner, we have started to get our yards and flowerbeds ready for the planting season. Before rushing into a new gardening project this spring, consider the following tips to ensure your efforts are environmentally friendly: De-lawning the yard. We all know how […]

Now that spring is finally here and Earth Day is right around the corner, we have started to get our yards and flowerbeds ready for the planting season. Before rushing into a new gardening project this spring, consider the following tips to ensure your efforts are environmentally friendly:

  1. De-lawning the yard. We all know how much water a lawn requires, so get out those shovels or better yet rent a tiller from your local hardware store to take up that grass.
  2. Go native. While visiting your nursery, take some time to pick the brain of a professional gardener on plant and flower varieties that are indigenous to your area.  These types of plants will require less water and fertilizer.
  3. Add a rain barrel. Capturing the rain will not only keep the water bill down, but also provide your plants with nutrient enriched water (fluoride free).
  4. Mulch to your heart’s desire. Whether you prefer pine straw or shredded bark, mulching will help cut back on watering and reduce those pesky weeds from popping up.
  5. Store your yard garbage.  Adding a compost pile of your yard clippings helps reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfill. Here is a great source of what to compost and the benefit of each material.

Senior Manager, Public Relations for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Grew up in south Florida as an avid Seminole fan and attended college in the mountains of North Carolina. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. Athena has worked for Coldwell Banker for 12 years where she can be found generating buzz about this awesome brand in every way possible. On any given day, she can be found crunching numbers to searching for amazing Coldwell Banker properties to serve up to the media for features. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or scouring Etsy for that next amazing handcrafted gem. She resides with the Bukowski of our generation (AKA her husband), a cat and a fish in Atlanta, Ga.

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