Calgary, like many other cities, is becoming increasingly conscious of the importance of sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Here are some tips for creating an eco-friendly yard in Calgary:
- Choose native plants: Native plants are well-suited to Calgary's climate and require less water and maintenance than non-native plants. They also provide a habitat for local wildlife.
- Composting is an excellent way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. You can create your own compost or purchase it from a local garden store. The City of Calgary gives away compost from the green bin program for free – although you need to book a time slot for pick up. Details on when / how to book: https://www.calgary.ca/waste/residential/green-cart-compost-giveaway.html
- Install a rain barrel: A rain barrel collects rainwater from your roof, which you can then use to water your plants. This helps conserve water and reduces your reliance on the municipal water supply. Rain barrels have come a long way in looks, but do require a little more attention in the spring and fall to ensure they do not freeze and crack over winter.
- Use natural pest control: Chemical pesticides can harm the environment and are not necessary for a healthy garden. Consider using natural pest control methods, such as companion planting or introducing beneficial insects like ladybugs or praying mantises. Yes, you can buy a bag of lady bugs – releasing the lady bugs is great entertainment, especially with young children.
- Use a push mower: Gas-powered lawn mowers are a major source of air pollution. Consider switching to a push mower or an electric mower to reduce your environmental impact. Several Canadian cities have started to ban gas powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers.
- Reduce water use: Calgary is a dry city (most of the time), so it is important to be mindful of water use. Consider installing low-flow irrigation systems, and rain sensing systems. Drought-resistant grasses are a great option for areas that experience hot and dry conditions, as they can survive and thrive with minimal water.
- Hire a landscaping company to design an eco friendly yard. A professional landscaper can provide you with a plan or they can take the entire process from start to finish. Landscaping companies will design for full sun, partial sun, edible yards, low wet spots, sports, you name it.
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