Ecological gardening for all seasons | The EPA Blog

By Lina Younes

Leaves in the Washington, DC area will soon reach the full range of the autumnal spectrum. As we are having warmer temperatures than usual, we are still seeing many shrubs blooming in gardens and parks in the area surrounded by multicolored autumn foliage. In fact, I'm expecting temperatures to drop significantly consistently so I can sow the bulbs that will bloom in the spring. I think I have to be patient.

As we are talking about seasonal changes, we should consider taking special steps to protect the gardens. If we plan during the fall, we can be rewarded with colorful flowers and green lawns in the spring. We can achieve this goal without resorting to chemicals. We can achieve sustainable practices that are beneficial to the environment through ecological gardening.

What does ecological gardening mean? Well, it's basically the conservation of resources; reduce, reuse and recycle. The 3 green R's. By implementing these principles you can save millions of gallons of water, avoid using pesticides while protecting the environment. First, reduce waste production in your gardens. Select native and perennial plants. Second, reusing products prolongs the life of these materials and defers their final disposal. Third, recycle clippings of grass and other garden debris to compost. This will help feed the lawn and minimize the use of chemicals. A little effort will now bear fruit in the long run and result in a healthier environment.

Do you have ideas? Tips? Are you planning something special for your garden this year? We would love to hear your comments.

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