Naturalize Your Yard While Helping Your Pocketbook
These days, many are concerned about the environment, searching for ways that to incorporate environmentally friendly practices, which can be challenging, especially when trying to keep costs down. There are many ways, though, that are easy to implement, which will protect and preserve our natural resources as well as saving you money.
Begin with creating a healthier and eco-friendly lawn
Using pesticides and fertilizers will keep you lawn green , but with a high cost to the environment with these chemicals running into streams and rivers. Eliminating these chemicals on your lawn is one way to improve the health of the waterways. The following techniques will help keep a healthy lawn:
1- When mowing your lawn, mow the grass to a height of 3-4 inches. This reduces the frequency of mowing, which in turn saves in fuel. Higher grass discourages weeds.
2- Instead of using chemicals to fertilize, leave the grass clippings and mow over the fallen leaves. This is a very efficient way to return the organic material and nutrients back into the soil. This method will allow the grass to grow stronger and longer roots, allowing them to adapt to climate changes because the longer roots can absorb the nutrients they need from the soil, yielding healthier plants. Using horse manure and urea is a natural way to fertilize the plants.
3- Eliminate using pesticides. Not only can the pests become immune to the chemicals over time, it will also kill off the beneficial insects and micro-organisms. Encourage beneficial insects by landscaping with native plants , which will also keep the pest population down.
Trees are great for the environment in very many ways. They provide oxygen, filter pollutants from water, remove carbon dioxide from the air, provide a natural habitat . . . . and . . . . they also help you with cutting costs. For starters, trees on your property increase property value. They also save you on heating and cooling bills by providing shade in the summer to help keep your home cool, and acting as a windbreak during the cold winter months, reducing your heating bill.
There are many advantages to creating a compost pile. Composting enriches the soil by adding organic matter and nutrients. It can be used in your garden, landscaping, and save you money. Composts can consist of food scraps, leaves and grass clippings. Composting food scraps will reduce your trash bill and will also proling the life of landfills.
Plant a Vegetable Garden
Most of the produce in grocery stores is trucked in long distances from farms far away. Growing your own backyard garden will help cut down the carbon dioxide and fuel usage from transporting the produce, which in turn will cut down the pollutants. Backyard vegetable and fruit gardens provide you with fresher, cheaper and more nutritious produce. It is a completely different feeling and taste when growing, harvesting and eating your home grown food.
Ways to Protect Local Streams and Rivers
There are various ways we all ccan contribute to protecting our local waterways. We can start by setting up rain barrels to collect the rain water. The water can be saved to water gardens and plants during dry spells. Using rain barrels helps save ground water, uses higher quality water for plants, and decreases water bills.
Naturalizing your yard will not only save you money, but it will also greatly improve the environment.
Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR® (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.
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