Spending time outside has grown in popularity as more families seek the benefits provided by fresh air and nature. However, many traditional landscaping practices are environmentally damaging. For example, some add harmful chemicals to your environment, while others strip the soil of its beneficial properties. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. The following tips can help you reverse course and support a healthy backyard ecosystem.
Switch to Electric Power Tools
Once upon a time, not that long ago, gas mowers and trimmers reigned supreme for home and commercial landscapers. However, these seemingly helpful pieces of equipment spew some pretty noxious exhaust into your landscape. Modern technology has stepped up and offered an accessible and green solution: electric and rechargeable power tools.
That’s right. The same technology that allows you to use a cordless drill in any room of the house can now power virtually all of your outdoor power equipment. Gone is the hassle of trying not to cut through an extension cord. In addition, rechargeable batteries can now last through several hours of hard use.
Take some time to learn more about this technology and how it can help you green up your yard. Then, check out the Greenworks dealer locator to find a store near you where you can see it in person. Once you see how light and comfortable this new equipment is to use, you’ll be hooked.
Have Your Soil Tested
Many homeowners blindly apply chemical fertilizers to their lawns and gardens at set intervals. The logic is that you need to replenish nutrients that have been depleted by growing plants. However, in many cases, these are unnecessary. Applying them can cause imbalances in the soil (and, therefore, the plants). It also results in waste and excess runoff.
The best way to know what your soil needs is to have a soil test done. This is pretty simple. Many local agencies offer kits that they will test for free or cheaply. Several commercial options are also available at many landscape supply and home improvement stores.
Dig up a small amount of soil from the area in question, complete the paperwork describing what gets planted there, and send it off. You’ll get the results via mail or email. This usually takes several weeks, so be sure to send samples well before planting time.
Once you know the conditions underground, you can customize your soil amendments to maximize their effectiveness and minimize waste. You’ll also have the benefit of healthier and happier plants.
Make Your Own Compost
Home composting is an excellent solution to several environmental concerns. First, it reduces food waste, which is a huge problem in industrialized nations. However, the benefits don’t stop there. It also provides a rich and natural fertilizer and soil conditioner that can help reduce the need for chemical products.
It’s pretty easy to get started with composting. The first thing you need to do is choose a method that works for you and your family. For example, some households will love a large outdoor pit for composting, while others might prefer a small indoor worm bin. Then, gather the supplies you need and go for it.
Many composters can only accommodate fruits, vegetables, and bread. However, some systems can also handle dairy, oils, and meat scraps, so be sure to know what can be composted with your chosen method.
Try Natural Pest Solutions
Pest control is another area where you can make easy strides toward a greener landscape. This primarily involves educating yourself on the roles many insects play and how to embrace them as part of the backyard ecosystem. Adopting natural solutions such as wasp traps and pepper spray for the nuisance ones offers a chemical-free way to an (almost) bug-free backyard.
Mahe things you do to have an attractive yard can have adverse effects. Swapping out gas tools for rechargeable ones, starting a compost bin, having your soil tested, and using natural pest control are just a few of the ways you can green up your outdoor routine.