Earth-friendly Garden Care
Practical and earth-friendly maintenance is key to garden success
Whether your garden is postage stamp or baseball field size, whether filled with succulents, roses, lawn or vegetables, routine maintenance is key to keeping plants healthy and productive.
All too often, maintenance practices are done based on a schedule or habit, and not necessarily on the needs of the landscape. This can be an unnecessary use of time, energy, and materials and may not be beneficial to the plants. Rather, use techniques that are in harmony with the natural environment. Earth-friendly gardening practices protect natural resources and boost biodiversity while minimizing waste and pollutants.
Use these methods to maintain a beautiful, healthy garden while using environmentally gentle methods.
10 EARTH-FRIENDLY MOVES:
1. Keep your Soil healthy
2. Mulch, mulch, mulch!
3. Water wisely
4. Feed the soil, not the plant
5. Keep on top of Weeds
6. Prune for health
7. Stake and train
8. Divide for better growth
9. Protect with responsible integrated pest management
10. Keep it Clean
While most types of plants can benefit from these 10 Earth-friendly moves, there are some specialized plant groups that may require slightly different methods.
Learn more about caring for:
> California natives
Garden sanitation or “cleanliness” is important for all growing plants, indoors and out. By cleaning up throughout the year, especially in the fall, you can help reduce the opportunity for problems in the coming season.
• Remove and destroy all badly diseased or pest infested plants, trash, weeds and dying plant parts.
• Dispose of the diseases or infested plant trimmings immediately to prevent them from becoming a source of new infections. Don’t add them to your compost pile.
• Remove weeds to prevent their spread.
• Remove other debris around the garden to prevent overwintering sites for insect pests.
• Disinfect cutting tools periodically during pruning and at any time that they come into direct contact with diseased tissue.