Can anything get more green and planet-friendly than a garden? Well, it depends on how exactly your garden is designed. The regular American lawn for instance, as beautiful as it can be, is about as good for the environment as owning a gas guzzler is – it uses up a lot of natural resources, and it needs petroleum-based additives to keep it going. Let’s try to look a little deeper with gardening tips on how you can design your lawn and your garden to be as light on the planet as possible.

Let’s start our list of green gardening tips on a friendly note. Have you ever thought about how attractive your garden is to local wildlife – birds, little animals and such? Building hedges out of native plants for instance, is the best way to give local birds a place to hide out in, and to find food in. In a residential neighborhood that’s filled with manicured lawns, a garden with local plants is going to be such a welcome oasis for your little feathered friends. Your garden has to be all about a dead branch or two for insects to swarm on and to provide birds with something to eat. A thicket of trees and bamboo shoots should help squirrels and other little creatures have a place to hide out in. It ecologically helps the local environment – it’s what the land is meant for.

Gardening today is all about being frugal with water. In most counties across the country including Lancaster, SC in a drought, it’s even illegal to use your water supply to water your lawn. You need to completely rethink the relationship your garden has with its water supply to be able to be an environmentally friendly gardener. Most gardening tips to do with using water wisely will ask you to pick the right kind of grass – drought-resistant Buffalo grass that can even grow in places like Arizona and Nevada with whatever little natural rainfall there is, is a great idea. There is a little mowing to do and even less watering. But there is more to running an environmentally friendly garden than choosing the right kind of grass. You can choose the right kind of plants all around. Plants that are native to your region are likely to use water far more efficiently and to not need anything more than what the rains in your area provide. Unnaturally transplanting plants that don’t belong to a region is environmentally unfriendly. It uses up a disproportionate amount of precious local resources, the plants aren’t adapted to the pests in the area and need more chemicals to survive, and it just makes little sense – economical or environmental.