I have some simple ideas and suggestions to help you in going green in your yard and garden. This will help the environment, your health and your family’s health and well-being. We all want beautiful gardens and yards but, sometimes if seems like such an endless, costly, and overwhelming chore. These tips will save you money, time, energy, and most importantly they will help save our planet.
1. Leave those grass clippings in your yard. They will decompose and return valuable nutrients to the soil.
2. Use only the least-toxic pesticide or even better use natural products and organic insect control:
- Food grade diametheous earth D.E. as a crop dust on any yard or garden plants right up to harvest. There is no chemical activity, so it is completely safe. It will kill hard-bodied insects, and it also kills soft-bodied larvae with no harm to you or the environment.
- Organic Neem –3 products in 1, insecticide, fungicide, and miticide. For use on flowers, trees, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Kills insects and mites by suffocation and repels many pests. May be used up until the day of harvest on vegetables. Shields to prevent the germination and penetration of fungal spores on leaf surfaces. Pint concentrate bottle.
3. Use non hazardous components to ward off pests such as planting:
- Marigolds in or around your garden to repel pests such as deer, rabbits, and add beauty all in one– French Marigold are known for their ability to repel whiteflies, tomato worms, among other insects, and will add beauty to your garden without the toxic dangers of chemical pesticides.
- grow rue or white-flowered geraniums to repel Japanese Beetles
- growing alliums (chives, garlic, onions) will repel common pests in your garden such as ants, aphids, & fleas beetles (Rabbits detest the smell of garlic – this is a great way so to keep those cute little critters from eating your garden)
- Sprinkle a layer of chili powder around your plants and even on the leaves to deter many types of pests from animals to ants, is completely natural and wouldn’t harm your plants. You might consider buying it in bulk which can often find at Mexican grocery stores, since it can be blown away easily and will wash away when it rains.
4. Use your leaves in the fall of the year to help fertilize your yard and to protect your perennial plants from the winter weather. If you have too many leaves and need to dispose of them put them in a compost heap instead of burning them or throwing them away or take them to a yard debris recyclers.
5. Use recycled wood chips as mulch to keep weeds down and it will also help to retain the moisture and prevent soil erosion. We always use recycled mulch chips from our local municipally that are free — so save those dollars — most of us are feeling the pinch of our economical times.
6. Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment especially if someone in your household has asthma or allergies.
7. Plant perennials flowers instead of annuals in your garden or around your house (this also will help your budget) The fall is the time to plant bulbs for spring so look for great sales on over stocked bulbs from companies such as Breck’s, who need to clear their inventory for the season.
8. If you have outdoor lightning around you garden or lawn make sure it is solar powered. You can buy solar lighting for a very reasonable price –make sure you check for sales and check for end of season discounts.
Even if you only use a few of these ideas then it will be one more small step to living a greener and natural lifestyle, helping your family live a healthier and happier life. By using alternative solutions, instead of polluting our planet that is already over whelmed with toxins and disease we in turn give our children a chance for a healthier world. We leave our ecological footprint for a better and brighter future.
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