Sustainability in the garden

Many years ago I planted a ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ dappled willow in my landscape. Last year I remember cutting into it and feeling a bit guilty. I do not like removing healthy trees or shrubs unless it is absolutely necessary. Therefore, I kept reminding myself that I had spent way too much time trimming, pruning, bagging, and tying up unwanted branches!

My small suburban yard does not allow me to grow trees or shrubs that require constant pruning. But more importantly, it was the sustainability factor that finally pushed me and the small overgrown tree over the edge. The amount of waste this willow produced in one season was exhausting and goes against everything I believe and stand for–sustainable landscaping and gardening practices.

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When I drove into the local waste and recycle management facility to dispose of the wilted willow piled in my trailer, I knew my decision was for the best. Tons and tons of waste is poured into this facility on a daily basis; it is beyond comprehension. I visit the site often to dispose of yard waste for Two Women and a Hoe® and appreciate everything the facility offers, contributes, and is committed to.

Fortunately, our individual practices can play a major role in a vital process, too! One rather simple element of sustainability is creating as little waste as possible. As gardeners, there are opportunities to achieve this goal during the planning process by selecting the right plant for the right place. Educate yourself on the growth habits of new shrubs and trees before deciding to plant them! Shrubs that require constant pruning create a lot of unnecessary waste. I can attest to that! The next time you go plant shopping, pay close attention to plant specifics so that constant pruning does not become a constant practice.

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Remember, a carefully thought out garden design and making informed plant selections will reduce the amount of waste your landscape and gardens generate through maintenance. In the end, sustainable practices in the landscape and garden will save you time and money, and serve our planet well!

Two Women and a Hoe® is passionate about sustainability and believes that together we can make a difference! When we know better, we do better.

Two Women and a Hoe

Garden gloves

Gloves-for-Gardening

Finally! Garden gloves I can get behind! Not only are these totally TOUGH and do a great job, they are absolutely charming and oh so PRETTY! I cannot wait to garden in Michigan and dig in with my new gloves. I hope you LOVE them, too!

Bravo Garden Girl USA! Well-done! ✿✿✿

Garden Gloves

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Daylilies, gardening, and old friends

old-friends

Gardening is a profound metaphor to life. I have toiled in many different gardens through the years and each has taught me something new. Perhaps you have similar experiences when you become one with nature. For me, it is truly a gift. I hope to garden for many more years – it’s what I . . . → Read More: Daylilies, gardening, and old friends

Crocuses in snow

Crocuses-in-snow

A very favorable sign that spring is near! We are all ready to pop up and get in the soil, it has been a long winter!

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Calories & chemicals

organic-gardening

We love organic gardening and never use chemicals. Our three main ingredients when installing a new landscape or garden include:

1. Right plant, right place

2. Hardwood Mulch

3. Organic compost

Keeping it simple (and natural) is always best. Save the money you would have spent on harmful chemicals and buy a new favorite . . . → Read More: The truth about calories & chemicals