How Green is Your GardenWise

GardenWise on “Green” Garden Projects  

When a gardener asks,  “How can I make my garden ‘green’?”  The journey has  begun.  A thoughtful understanding that an outside space can have a positive impact on the environment is the first step to a green garden makeover.   An exciting weekend project that will bring immediate and amazing results is to reduce your lawn area by at least half. 

Substituting lawn areas with ground covers will provide beautiful colors and textures to your garden spaces.  Ground covers  retain moisture in the soil,  help prevent erosion, and  require significantly less water than grass, which will make your garden space eco-friendly.   Creeping thymes and Creeping Jenny are good choices for sunny spots, and  for shadier areas,  tiny creeping mints such as Mentha requienii will work well.  Some nice low-water  choices include Trailing Yellow Dalea and Trailing lantana. 

By adding some stone elements and pourous pavers into your plan, your garden space will come alive with wonderful garden paths that will add new dimensions to your garden spaces.  

A GardenWise Idea

You know that really large lawn area you have? Lose some of it! One alternative is to add garden interest with flagstone stepping stones and a plant vignette for color and texture. Above is a small portion of one of my projects; creeping Jenny with Japanese Rhodeq and white Mazas between stepping stones. A bonus is the 100’s of gallons of water and dollars you’ll save by not watering a larger grass area.

Don’t Be a Fool; Lose Your Lawn!

Replacing Lawns with Groundcovers is GardenWise 

 A thoughtful understanding that an  outside space can have a positive impact the environment is the best first step to a green garden.  Another important step to take is to reduce your lawn area by at least half.  To the left is a GardenWIse garden using only groundcovers, no grass!

Substitute lawn areas with ground covers that will provide beautiful colors and textures to your spaces. Groundcovers also help retain moisture in the soil and  help prevent erosion.  Creeping thymes and Creeping Jenny (my favorite) are good choices for sunny spots, and for shadier areas,  tiny creeping mints such as Mentha requienii will do well. Black Eyed Susan grown en masse make for an eye-catching and bright display.  Some nice low-water  choices include Trailing Yellow Dalea and Trailing lantana.  Adding stone elements and pourous pavers can help create wonderful garden paths.

Another substitute?  Vegetables. A small area dedicated growing your favorite vegetables that you can inexpensively install yourself will transform the most unproductive area of your landscape.