Want To Make A Difference?
Saving the environment is a big job, however small steps at home can go a long way. Even just by making some simple adjustments to your yard you can really make a difference. Not only can turning your yard into an eco-friendly oasis help save the world, but it can also help you relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
Cultivate Insect-Resistant Plants
Pesticide runoff is a major threat to healthy waterways, so try to reduce it as much as possible by using natural alternatives. Many herbs, such as basil and mint, are known for their insect-repelling properties. Some strains of fruits, vegetables and flowers are also known for their hardiness. By using more natural pesticides you can help avoid threating waterways. Every bit of effort makes a difference.
Create a Compost Pile
Composting is an easy and effective way to turn household waste into healthy and safe fertilizer that provides long-lasting soil enrichment. While setting up the initial compost pile may take some effort, a properly constructed system doesn’t smell and requires little maintenance.
Cut Back on Watering
Select plants that are naturally hardy and drought-resistant. You may also want to consider using decorative rocks and other hardscaping methods to create a beautiful yard that doesn’t require any water at all. If you want a lawn, look for hardy grasses like Bermuda or bahia grass, or consider alternate ground cover, such as clover. Artificial grass, such as the kinds offered by Green Planet Grass, is another water-saving and maintenance-free option.
Choose Eco-Friendly Construction Materials
Whether you’re shopping for lawn furniture or gardening supplies, try to find items made from ethically sourced and sustainable materials. Bamboo is growing in popularity as an attractive, durable, and environmentally friendly wood. Also consider longevity. Constantly throwing away cheap items fills up landfills more quickly.
Cut Down on Emissions
Your yard may be causing more air pollution than you realize, especially if you have a lawn. Reduce the amount of time you spend mowing, and be careful not to spill fuel when filling your equipment’s tanks. If you can, look for hand-powered alternatives to power tools, such as a push mower. Electric motors are also less wasteful than gasoline ones.
Minimize Water Waste
For those times when you just have to water, minimize the amount you lose due to evaporation or over-watering. Water early in the morning or later in the evening when the weather is cooler, and be sure you know how much each plant really needs. Consider setting up a rain barrel system to provide water without turning on the tap.
With these simple steps, you can help protect the environment while still enjoying a lovely backyard. Once you get in the habit of thinking green, you may find even more ways to save the Earth.