Thinking about Mother Earth and wanting to fix all our environmental problems can feel overwhelming. There are so many big problems out there that we individually are not in charge of. However, it is important to remember that even small changes over time can make a big difference. To help you start making small changes, we have some quick and easy changes you can make in your garden now to help Mother Earth.
Stop Using Synthetic Pesticides
There is no reason to use synthetic pesticides. These products go into our waterways and contaminate our water sources. In addition, these have been found to stay in our ecosystems for long periods of time causing harm to native wildlife. By choosing climate appropriate plantings, your landscape should not need toxic chemicals to thrive. Instead using methods of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) if needed in the landscape is a safer option for all gardens. (You can learn more about IPM here).
Plant Native Plants
In every yard we design, we always make creating habitat for native mammals/insects/birds a priority. A well-designed landscape will provide nectar, seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, foliage, and pollen. When choosing plants, native plants are always a great choice because they are already acclimated to our environment and are therefore more drought tolerant. Native plants also provide the invaluable job of providing wildlife with food and shelter. You don't have to drastically change your landscape overnight, instead when new plants are needed in your garden choose native plants (You can read about some of our favorite native evergreens here and our favorite native perennials here). By slowly but consciously choosing native you will begin to make a difference.
Take Time To Go Outside & Enjoy Nature
When you set aside time to notice nature, you will learn to see all the life that is around you. Maybe you have a wonderful garden to sit in, or you choose to go on a nature walk. Having the chance to experience the smell of the flowers, the buzz of the bees or the rustle of the leaves will not only calm your soul but also connect you to the beauty that is all around you. The best thing you can do is to also share these experiences with others. Take your kids on a hike or point out a blooming California poppy to a friend. By sharing the beauty of nature with others, you will help share the reminder that protecting Mother Nature is a mission for us all.