Earth Day Wildflower Meadow
In celebration of Earth Day, have you ever considered having your very own wildflower meadow? Even in the city, there are some really great ways to bring nature into your life. Earth Day happens once a year and serves as a great reminder for us to live a bit more sustainably. Installing your own Earth Day Wildflower Meadow puts intentions into practice. The use of resilient plants makes the maintenance easy and less susceptible to pests. Planting in layers helps to build interest and allows the flower show to evolve over the season, low plants in the front and taller in the rear. Using elements already in our landscape, like this
Garden Studio, we can enhance our outdoor enjoyment.
Water for too long, and you engrave an open invitation for fungus. Water too little, and roots become shallow. Water in the evening, and insects come out to feast. Water from too high, and half the moisture is lost to evaporation.
Poor watering habits are a real crime—literally in some parts of the country where drought conditions have led to government-imposed restrictions. And so they should be, since water is a precious resource whether you garden or not.
Yet, with a little knowledge, we can all become better consumers, better gardeners and better stewards of our environment. Here are 10 dos and don’ts when it comes to the most efficient ways to water:
DO Water early in the morning when sunlight is weakest, the ground is coolest and foliage will have hours to dry before nightfall. Making use of low pressure sprinkler heads will help you economize on water while leaving your lawns immaculate.
DON’T Water in the evening when soil is warm and wet foliage can attract insects, fungus and disease.
DO Water deeply and at fewer intervals so that you reach roots, the part of the plant that needs the nutrients, sugars and hormones contained in water.
As we are finally seeing the awakening of spring, now is a great time to embrace this little reminder of doing some good for your yard and for our planet.