Drainage: - With the ever increasing need for drainage systems please note that a good drainage system should provide the following:
1. Drainage which ensures proper soil aeration is maintained in the field. Excess water (after a rainfall for example), can cause standing water (or saturated soil) which will choke our Landscapes.
2. Reduced soil and nutrient loss via runoff where water flows on the soil surface, causing erosion.
3. Subsurface drainage will reduce soil and nutrient loss via subsurface flow where water flows above an impervious soil layer (such as hard pan or fine-textured soil layer), carrying out soil and nutrients away from the area in question via an undeground water flow.
4. Drainage on hill slopes will reduce the risk of landslides where excess water is prevented from accumulating (building up) within the soil, so to prevent sudden soil slippage.
5. Drainage can be such so that water and soil sediments are channelled and collected in sediment ponds/basins/ditches, where collected water can be saved for future use during periods of dry weather.
THE ENVIRONMENT: What better place to Go Green (environmentally friendly) than in your garden or work place? The garden is the purest symbol of what the go green revolution is really about, wouldn't you agree? Yet, every day people are spoiling their gardens with over cutting, over watering and the unnecessary use of Pesticides which is simply a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms. Why? They believe that this will make their garden grow healthier and that their plants will be bigger.
GO GREEN: If you want to be a true go green enthusiast, you must do away with the gardening pesticides and chemicals. But what will you use?
NATURE: First, remember Mother Nature has many other creatures that may help you. Simply hang some nesting boxes, put out some bird seeds and allow the birds to nest in an area near your garden. Didn't you know that birds can eat pests like snails and slugs. No pesticides required.
MULCH: Leave some mulch lying near your garden in a pile. Soon the ground beetles will nest underneath it. Ground beetles will then eat many of your other gardening pests.
Want some more Go Green Gardening ideas? How about trying these useful tips.
BEES: Allow some of your vegetables to go to flowers. The flower will attract the bumble bees, allowing for the pollination process to begin.
COMPOST: Want to try composting but don't think you have room for a big compost container? Try a small wormer instead. You add peelings to the wormer just as you would a composter. The worms will appear and break down your peelings into small amounts of garden compost. You can then use this compost as top dressings for your container plants and bedding.
WATER: As we all know water is so valuable so why not add a rain container to your garden. You will need a container with a lid. If you can find one that also has a faucet, it will be easier for you to remove the water. Open the lid when it is raining to catch the water. Close when it isn't raining, so you do not cause a contamination and to keep other things out of the water. You can then use the water for watering your plants and seedlings. This is especially great for those plants who hate our treated water.
FLOWERS: Buy flowers that will flower as late into the year as possible. This will be more beneficial to bugs and bees by allowing them to have plenty of time to pollinate.
GO WILD: If you have a large enough area, allow part of it to go wild. This will give insects and other creatures a place to live. Of course, this is only advisable if it is not close to your home and family.
CARBON FOOTPRINT: Each of us contributes to climate change with our daily activities. The good news is that each of us can begin to help solve the problem by reducing our carbon footprint. What is your Carbon Footprint? http://www.whatsmycarbonfootprint.com/
Remember when it comes to gardening some of those little critters actually help our flowers to grow healthier and have more buds.