Large lawns are highly sought by homeowners for many obvious reasons. Having one opens up for more opportunities to do things outdoors, from barbecues to tag football to simply sitting back and soaking in the scenery. However, one somewhat ironic aspect of possessing a vast amount of green space around a house is the amount of energy, resources, and environmental disruption is necessary to maintain them in most cases. Eco-friendly the average large lawn is not.
Today home gardeners are taking a second look at the way we garden, aiming to upgrade to more sustainable practices and bring our passion for gardening in line with our environmental principles. Leaving peat moss out of our gardens is one meaningful step we can take toward combating climate change.
If you grew up gardening in the last century, you probably cherished peat moss as the next thing to Mom and apple pie. When my dad taught me to garden, he showed me how to dig bales of peat moss into the vegetable beds to improve the soil’s ability to hold air, water, and nutrients. Peat was the main ingredient in every growing medium I bought.
Environmental horticulturist Kim Eierman Launches Campaign to Help Bees and Pollinators with Home Gardening Practices
Piggybacking off the White House’s May release of the Pollinator Research Action Plan, environmental horticulturist Kim Eierman is launching a campaign to make American homeowners and gardeners aware of strategies they can implement in their own gardens and yards in support of pollinators. Eierman will speak about pollinators at workshops, classes and events across the country in the coming year, to spread her message.