Most of us understand the idea of sustainability and working with and not against nature. Yet, we tend to conveniently walk away from these ideas when we step outside our homes and plan our gardens. The result is plants that were never meant to grow in the soil from the region, flower in beds that need water unsupported by the local weather. The result may be beautiful, but it fails to support the local wildlife. It’s artificial, like a car stuffed with leather and Smart apps, but lacking a strong engine. It must be constantly propped up by exterior efforts. Finding a way to create a garden that fits, rather than fights, your geography and its unique attributes takes work. But, it has benefits. You won’t have to mow as often, for starters. Just as people forge relationships, so too do plants and animals, creating an ecological cycle of growth, death and rebirth that rupture when ecological interlopers interfere. There are norms to where you live that we should respect. Get to know your area’s norms, its plants, its weather, its wildlife. Even the best times for sunshine and shade are aspects you can track. Pick plants that fit your area. Consider if flooding or drought are concerns. Remember that many insects have developed to consume those plants germane to their area. By taking their needs into consideration you support the lowest foundation of the food chain, its intrinsic beginning. Pick plants, trees, and shrubs from a local nursery that will grow where you live. They will do well and require less maintenance.
- The ecological condition of most yards in America is not truly reflected and they do all sorts of things to the environment because they think there are problems.
- When humans work against nature rather than work for nature, this creates a lot of problems for them since they are part of the ecosystem.
- A garden should not be planted purely just because one wants to add aesthetic beauty because it would be like making a car without an engine.
“When you engage the natural landscape, you reconnect to your region and your ecosystem, and create a piece of land that reflects its place.”