Plant native plants instead of imported ones in your garden and yard. This approach can look great, and reduce maintenance. Visit your local gardening store for specific suggestions. You can buy the smaller, less expensive plants and space them out with room to grow. Use a natural mulch between the plants. You’ll be surprised at how fast the right plants will grow and fill in your landscape. Use drought tolerant plants if you are in an area that experiences water shortages.

Don’t over water. Use drip irrigation. Where possible, grade depressions – called rain gardens – into your yard to retain rainwater. But, make sure water won’t pond against your house. Try capturing rainwater for irrigation. Cisterns – barrels connected to downspouts – can be a good option. Rain chains can be a creative option.

Try to grown some of your own fruits and vegetables without pesticides. Growing some of your own food is a great way to become healthier, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money. You can even just grow a few vegetables in pots, if you don’t have room for a big garden.


  • Plant and drought tolerant plants and don’t over water
  • Grow some fruits and vegetables for your own use
  • Capture rainwater to use for irrigation
  • References:
    Health and Gardening
    Cheap Ways to Go Green and Garden

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