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. 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 to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. Athena has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. The one area of her job she loves the most is overseeing the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com where hundreds of thousands of dogs have now found their fur-ever home. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She resides with the Bukowski of our generation (AKA her husband) along with her cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy in Atlanta, Ga.

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