In these interesting times, sustainability may seem like a bit of a buzzword.

But sustainability isn’t a trend.  Sustainability is an imperative and something people who take pride in their yards should give some thought to.  Our climate is changing, so it’s down to all of us to find ways to defend and care for the earth we live on by living as sustainably as possible.

Sustainability asks the question:  Does what you’re doing consume more resources than necessary?  Applying this question to your yard and what you do there can be illuminating.

This post shares with you how to make your yard more sustainable with a few tweaks.

Get That Greenery

While hardscaping in your landscape has a place, hardscaping should not be the sole solution used in your yard.

A sustainable landscape includes as much greenery as possible.  That greenery helps to filter the air you breathe and water before it makes its way to the aquafer.  Then, it floods the air with oxygen.

Well worth having trees, shrubs and plants around, right?

Remember to plant flowers and plants that attract pollinators and keep them healthy. They’re the reason we have food.  Which brings us to…

Grow Food

Producing your own fruit and vegetables and learning to preserve them is a little too much “homesteading” for a lot of people.  But being able to do these things will become more important in the coming years.

Raised container beds are a much more productive use of yard space than the perfect lawn.  The maintenance of a lawn and some of the products used to keep it looking beautiful not only consume resources unnecessarily, they adulterate them with chemicals.

Plant vegetables which are easier to grow, to begin with.  As time goes by and you start to enjoy the benefits of container gardening, you’ll want to move to more advanced options.

And plant some fruit trees.  If you can’t eat all your growing efforts, can them or donate them to a local food bank to distribute to those in need of fresh food.

Tolerating Imperfection

We know a lot of people want their gardens to look perfect.  But learning to tolerate imperfections is your best option for a more sustainable yard.

Minor plant diseases like leaf galls and spot diseases aren’t threatening the lives of your plants.  You may not like looking at them, but you need to weigh the relative benefit of applying pesticides for such minor problems.

Know your plants and plant diseases and be aware of those problems you may need to treat.  Then, use the least harmful product available.  Remember, nothing in life is perfect (which applies to the natural world too).  By limiting the use of pesticides, you’re walking more lightly on the earth and keeping a garden that’s more sustainable.

As you learn more about sustainability in your yard and add more environmentally friendly practices, you’ll see a great difference in the consumption of water and other resources.

And you’ll be setting an example for others to emulate!  Contact CI for more.