Now that spring is finally here, it's time to start planning and preparing your garden. These tips can help you make your garden grow green in an environmentally friendly way.
- Choose local plants over exotic imports. Native plants provide a better ecosystem for the local bird population and require less water.
- Set up a rainwater collection barrel to conserve water. The Village Hall sells 55-gallon barrels at a discounted price of $25.
- Avoid pesticides by using natural alternatives such as coffee grounds and eggshells sprinkled on the soil to repel ants, snails and slugs.
- Let your grass grow to 3 inches high for deeper, more drought-tolerant roots. Leave the clippings as a natural fertilizer.
- Leaf blowers produce as much hydrocarbon pollution in 30 minutes as an old car does in a 100-mile trip. Use a rake instead!
Check back next month on Earth Day when we will launch a call for photos of Northbrook gardens, including a prize drawing for a selection of gardening supplies.