As large companies across the world take steps toward reducing greenhouse gases, you can make small steps of your own toward going green at home. Change happens on small scales, and if you feel passionately about living in a green community, start by changing your own lifestyle habits. From switching out your light bulbs to sealing your home, there are many ways to lessen your carbon footprint. There are also several options when it comes to landscaping—here are just a few:
Create Your Own Garden
Save money and decrease your carbon footprint by creating your own garden. With a bountiful garden filled with fruits and vegetables, you will not only spend less on produce, but you will also reduce the amount of carbon emitted into the air from driving to and from the grocery store. As an added bonus, gardening may also help in reducing stress levels.
To create your garden, you can also use materials that already exist in your home or yard. Instead of purchasing chemically treated mulch that may be harmful to your produce, rent a stump grinder to simultaneously get rid of that pesky stump and create useful organic mulch material. If you have wood sitting around from an old fence, use those materials to create planting boxes for your new garden.
With an ongoing drought dominating concerns throughout the Western states, there is a growing need to find alternative means for water consumption. You can help curb the depletion of public water sources at home. Rain barrel systems can be installed under gutters and spots where water flows the most to collect rainwater generated by storms. If your home is prone to flooding, a barrel system may also be effective in reducing the chances of home flooding.
Set up an irrigation system using the collected rainwater for your plants and produce. Instead of taking a trip to the car wash, use rainwater to clean your vehicle. Rainwater can also be used at inside the home, and if treated properly, it can be used to brush your teeth, wash the dishes and laundry, and can even be used for consumption.
Another way to bolster your water conservation efforts is by using permeable paving in your yard. This helps in preventing any pollutants traveling through water from running around your property and eventually going into the gutters that populate reservoirs. Permeable paving also assists in replenishing the ground with nutrients by locking in water and providing moisture to thirsty soil and plants.
Additionally, permeable paving adds an element of style and design that will make your yard stand out from the rest. Not only can you use this method for lawns but, a driveway can be made using this porous method. There are several examples of ways to create stunning permeable paving features online. Many clever designs combining pavers and grass protect soil from erosion while adding an extra design element to your homefront. Coupled with rainwater collection, permeable paving is a great way to help water conservation efforts.