Plant a Tree
- Trees not only help reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, they can shield your home from direct sunlight and keep it cooler in the summer. Choose a tree that is native to your region to ensure that it will have a long, healthy life.
Avoid artificial fertilizers
- Common fertilizers can be harmful to the environment and the local water supply. Choose organic fertilizers that are made from plant or animal by-products rather than chemicals.
Control pests the natural way
- Avoid any chemical pesticides. Look for plants that are naturally pest-resistant. Encourage helpful insects that prey on pests by growing nectar or pollen flowers and perennial ground coverings. Also, try keeping your grass at a higher length. Higher grass mowed by sharp blades will prevent weeds from taking root and make a healthy lawn with little pest control necessary.
Choose plants that are native to your area
- Native species will be better adapted to dryer climates and less susceptible to disease. Visit http://www.wildflower.org/collections/ to determine which plants are best for your region and quality of soil.
Cleaning Your Pool
- For swimming pools, reduce filtration to six hours a day and install a timer to control the pump’s cycling. Several short cycles will keep the pool clean all day.
- The EPA estimates that up to 1.5 billion gallons of water are wasted annually in landscape irrigation across the country. Keep your landscaping beautiful without using too much water by watering in the early morning rather than during the day when the sun is at its peak. Apply mulch to areas around gardens and shrubs to protect them from evaporation. If possible, opt for a drip irrigation system, which uses 50% less water than a normal in-ground sprinkler system.
Plant an Organic Vegetable Garden
- Growing your own organic vegetables isn’t just good for you, it’s also good for the environment. Most conventional produce is grown hundreds or even thousands of miles away and requires significant energy to ship to you. Plus, you avoid consuming pesticides typically used to grow non-organic produce
- If you're in the market for new patio furniture, look for some that's been made out of recycled or earth-friendly materials, such as reclaimed lumber or recycled Poly-wood. Your cool lemonade will taste even sweeter knowing that your new lounge chair caused the environment no harm!