10 Ways Gardening Helps The Environment

10 Ways Gardening Helps The Environment

Wanna save the world? Good. Grab your sun hat.


Gardening decreases carbon dioxide…


…and increases oxygen.

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Photosynthesis takes in water and carbon dioxide to create glucose and oxygen. So every single plant in a garden is a little oxygen factory. We dare you to say this planet doesn’t need more oxygen.


Gardens can protect birds, bees, and butterflies.


Eating from your vegetable garden lowers your carbon footprint in two ways.


Rooftop gardens can reduce “heat islands” and make our cities less sweltering in the summer.

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As cities grow, they replace vegetation with asphalt and concrete. These building materials become impermeable and dry, which causes the whole city to heat up. The EPA calls this phenomenon a “heat island.”

Rooftop gardens in cities can help offset the heat island effect. Our friends at the EPA calculate that a building with a rooftop garden can be 30–40°F cooler than a roof without one, and can reduce city-wide ambient temperatures by up to 5°F. Who needs a trip to the beach to cool off when you could just chill in your garden?


Planting a garden on your roof or trees in your yard can spare the Earth carbon and save you money on your energy bill.


Rain gardens work overtime to keep pollution out of our water.

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You can help keep our water clean and pristine by planting a rain garden. Rain gardens help capture and filter polluted runoff that comes from our rooftops and our driveways. They also have a bonus superpower: preventing flooding. You can learn how to build your own rain garden here.


Certain plants in your garden can prevent soil erosion.


A garden can decrease noise pollution.


Each little garden adds up to a big difference.

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