IMPROVE YOUR GREEN SPACE WHILE RESPECTING THE ENVIRONMENT!
We are all concerned about our health and the quality of our environment. With this in mind, how can you put these convictions to practical use in your garden? You should know that simple actions related to consumption habits can also create important environmental problems, rather than solving them.
A- Eliminating pesticide use
Eliminate the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer among your horticultural habits. The use of pesticides translates into a bad relationship between plants and their growth environment. In order to create a landscape without pesticides, you will need to use strong plants that have been selected according to the ecological niche related to the intended site. In order to achieve such winning conditions, you will first need to identify four elements:
1. The hardiness zone of the site;
2. The intensity of sunlight of the site;
3. The degree of moisture in the soil;
4. The nature of the soil.
Next, you will need to select plants that are resistant. Nurseries offer a broad variety of resistant plants which are perfectly adapted to our climate conditions.
B- Improving soil quality
A healthy soil produces healthy plants. The principle is simple; maintain a well nourished soil which in turn will feed the plants. To do so, you need to ensure an appropriate supply of organic matter such as compost. Please note that only one gram of healthy soil may contain up to a million micro-organisms. A healthy soil gives denser, vigourous, and above all, green grass.
C- Respecting biodiversity
The vast majority of living organisms such as insects, small mammals, batrachians and micro-organisms are essential for preserving a natural equilibrium. They play a beneficial role either by improving the milieu or by feeding on undesirable organisms. Know how to distinguish between main living organisms.
Some organisms improve the habitat such as bees through the pollination of tree blossoms and garden plants. We must mention the contribution of worms which are tireless soil aerators who, by digesting organic matter, contribute to liberating their fertilizing elements. There are also predators who take charge of the undesirables. It is also worth mentioning that beetles also feed themselves on greenflies and mites. Did you know that a beetle’s larva can eat up to 500 greenflies during its development? Birds, small mammals, and amphibians consume large quantities of insects. In order to bring back or stimulate biodiversity, you must:
1. Ban the use of pesticides;
2. Restore the soil by applying compost as much as needed;
3. Sow odorous flowers and attracting herbs for insects such as camomile, coriander or mint.