Savvy gardeners will be pleased to know that in addition to health benefits, home gardening has many environmental benefits as well.
Gardening might be looked at as a simple hobby to you, perhaps to make your yard look nice or as a way to enjoy the great outdoors, but you’re also contributing to the greater good of our planet. Gardens of all shapes and sizes contribute to the following environmental factors, so congratulations – you’re doing your part!
Gardening Benefits for the Environment
Helps the Ecosystem
Your garden promotes pollination, which in turn encourages a thriving ecosystem. Pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are responsible for moving pollen from one plant to another to allow fertilization and the production of seeds. By providing a garden that attracts pollinators, you’re doing your part to help the ecosystem.
More plants equals cleaner air! By growing plants in your home garden, the process of photosynthesis can occur. Your plants are taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air, which results in cleaner air for us to breathe. Photosynthesis can reduce pollution, so keep on planting.
Gardening can help prevent erosion because the roots of your plants help keep the ground intact. For example, heavy rainfall can wash away your soil or cause slopes to slide downhill. However, gardens can protect root systems and keep the ground in place.
Decreases Noise Pollution
Your garden’s plants can act as a natural barrier to noises in heavy traffic areas in the suburbs or urban areas that are filled with loud sounds. If you’re looking to eliminate noise for a more peaceful atmosphere, simply plant trees or shrubs to absorb the sound.
Reduces Carbon Footprint
Growing flowers, fruits and vegetables at home will save you trips to the store to buy them, thus reducing your carbon footprint. Not only will you will be contributing to a greener environment, you can save money on fresh produce as well.