Sustainable Gardening in Sonoma County
Sustainable gardening may sound like a complicated concept, but it isn’t technical at all. Its fundamental idea is to engage in contact with the earth without harming the natural world.
Choose the right plant
Create habitats that support
- Include plants appropriately selected for garden sites and conditions
- Nurture the soil ecosystem with composted organic amendments
- Control pests using ecologically sound management methods
- Create habitats compatible with native fauna and pollinators
- Recycle materials and avoid excessive use of fossil fuels
- Manage available water through appropriate plant selection and irrigating and by preventing rainwater runoff
In essence, sustainable gardening depends on an awareness of a plant’s needs and attributes. It preserves and nourishes the vast and critical underground ecosystem that supports all plant life. It recognizes that native fauna have long depended on native plants. It conserves critical but limited resources with an eye on the future. And perhaps most important of all, sustainable gardening values and protects these resources and other life forms without causing harm.
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