Environmentally Friendly Yards

          

           

We all need to review what we are doing in our own portion of the environment and see if we can play a better part in reducing pollution, improving water conservation and lowering our carbon footprint.

Here are some ideas as to how you can help:

 

Am I polluting the Environment?

Over Fertilization - Kills soil biology and pollutes ground water.

Chemical Pesticides and Fungicides - Kills soil biology and pollutes ground water and are harmful to humans, pets and wildlife.

Chemical Herbicides - Kills soil biology and pollutes ground water and are harmful to humans, pets and wildlife.

House, roof, car and boat washing with harsh chemicals - Kills soil biology and pollutes ground water and are harmful to humans, pets and wildlife.

Removal of all yard cuttings - Removes organic material and clogs landfills – Compost, it helps.

Improper disposal of household chemicals - Kills soil biology and pollutes ground water and can be harmful to humans, pets and children

Synthetic Fertilizers – They are a major cause of ground water pollution and can be harmful to humans, pets and children – Go Green - Organic.

Water Runoff – Runoff water into the street and storm sewer does no good in keeping ground water levels high.

Over Watering – Over watering can increase plant disease and waste precious water resources.

Blowing waste into the street – Cleanup grass clippings and soil that goes into the street. Help keep our lakes and streams clean.

 

Environmentally Friendly Landscaping:

Contour your yard to make use of rainwater - Reduces runoff and lowers water usage.

Plant for shade with drought resistant plantings - Reduces heat loss and water usage.

Alternative ground cover - Lower water usage & reduce use of fertilizer. Less mowing means reduced use of hydrocarbons in mowing.

Avoid invasive species - They imbalance the ecosystem.

Use native or drought and resistant plant - Plant wisely.

Leave grass to grow longer cutting short is not good – Healthier grass, deeper roots.

Best planting practices – Learn your soils, climate and plant what works locally.

Recycle to the soil all you can - Compost all that you possibly can.

Mulch – Mulch provides many useful functions. Choose the right one for your needs.

Rain Water – Rain water is great for plants and can cut your water usage.

 

 

Your soil and how to make it work for you:

Organic content – Without proper organic content your soil will not hold water and retain nutrients for growing good plants.

Beneficial Soil Biology – Provides the soil and plants with many necessary services.

Water holding ability – Organics in the soil can hold seven times it weight in water.

Ability to hold nutrients – Organics hold and help change elements into a form that plants can use reducing runoff.

Soil pH – Different plants take different pH levels. Have your soil tested so you know what needs to be done to grow wisely.

Composting – A great way to help your soil and the environment.

 Compost Benefits:

  Continuous supply of new organic material.

  Lessen the burden on landfills.

  You need to add fewer new nutrients by putting them right back.

  It is best not to put pet waste and meat scrapes in a compost pile.

  Helps to keep a high level of beneficial soil biology.      

 

Septic Systems:

Do not put harsh chemicals down drains – They kill the biology that make septic systems function properly.

Replenish biology on a regular basis – Adding fresh biology will keep the system functioning longer with less cleanings. Use products that are earth friendly and EPA approved.

Many things like fat are not affected by normal septic biology – Add correct biology to system. Use products that are earth friendly and EPA approved.

Pumping out system removes biology – Using a system heavily after a pump-out can cause system failure. It takes time for natural biology to rebuild. Replenish biology with by adding an earth friendly and EPA approved.

System overload – Septic systems are designed to handle certain quantities of waste. Be sure you know the size of your system work within those limits.

Separating types of waste - If possible separate out your kitchen and lavatory and laundry water for the water closets to reduce the load on the septic system.

 

Summery:

All of us have a responsibility to do what we can to better the environment so that future generations have a healthy earth to live on.

 

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