Hi. Alegre from Ember Living, here today to talk about how to green your yard. Now whenever I talk about green living, I'm talking about conserving resources and using non-toxic products. So when it comes to conserving resources, the best place to start when it comes to green living is in the planning stage. So to ensure that you're not using too much water, you should try and buy plants that are either native to your area or are well situated for the environment that you live in.
Having plants that require a lot of water is not the best way to plan your garden. Unfortunately, most of the national hardware store chains carry the same range of plants no matter where you live in the United States. So you might have to do a little research. Fortunately, the internet's great for this. Just look for a native plant society in your area, and chances are you'll be able to find plants that are better suited for your soil and will therefore need less water and less fertilizer.
Also in terms of conserving resources, you want to use your water in a smart way, and plants tend to benefit most from deep water less frequently. If you think about it, plants are designed to do well with the type of water that their species has grown up around. So for instance, in the desert it doesn't rain that frequently, but when it rains, it rains a lot. And that's what those types of plants are used to. Plants, say, that are native to Oregon might be used to lots of rain, but maybe not as deep. But in general, plants tend to grow deeper roots if you water them less frequently but deeper. So for instance, instead of watering a lawn every single day for five minutes, try watering it twice a week for eight minutes, and it will actually grow deeper roots and do better.
Finally, when it comes to doing things like fertilizer, use fertilizer only when needed. Plants that require fertilizer tend to be flowering plants and plants that produce edible vegetables. And if you're going to use fertilizer, make sure that it's organic fertilizer, because those toxic chemicals, especially if you're growing food, you don't want to be putting those chemicals into stuff that you're going to be eating later on down the road. Finally, make sure that your hose is lead-free. A lot of people don't realize that most hoses are made out of lead, and when the water sits in there, it's picking up the lead. You can actually poison your pet, for instance, if you're giving them water from the hose. And if you're growing edible plants, you definitely don't want to be watering with a hose that has lead. So look for a hose that is made to be safe for drinking. A lot of times it will have a blue stripe on it, indicating that it is safe to use that hose for drinking water. For more tips on how to green your garden, visit my website, EmberLiving.com.