There’s no denying that the environment we live in has seen better days and is in dire need of every bit of assistance we can offer. We all know about this and do our best to actively help with tasks such as cleaning up the beach, properly recycling waste and using less fuel. But, have you ever looked outside in your backyard?
If you have a garden, now is a great time to utilize it in a way that benefits not only yourself but also the environment. There are many things you can do to your garden that will assist the local flora and fauna while helping you become healthier, happier, and potentially wealthier.
Utilize Every Inch Of Space
There’s bound to be some space in your garden that can be put to better use. And there’s no better use for that space than plants. Not only will your garden look more natural and attractive, but the right plants will also help purify the air in your area.
Through oxygenic photosynthesis, your plants, trees, and bushes will convert the wasteful carbon dioxide into oxygen, which is returned to the atmosphere. Local wildlife may benefit from your garden as well, as it can provide much-needed shelter and food for many species.
Of course, you don’t want your garden to look like an unkempt overgrown jungle. Some decomposed granite pathways will go a long way in ensuring it still looks like something you’ve put time into taking care of.
Ironically, you’ll be doing the environment a bigger favor by having artificial grass in your garden as opposed to the real thing. This is due to numerous reasons. Artificial grass doesn’t need watering, which saves you money and your local area from running out of water.
You won’t need to utilize harmful chemicals and pesticides, as nothing will live in the grass. Finally, because you won’t be cutting it any time soon, you’ll be saving fuel and reducing emissions by not using a lawnmower.
Grow Your Own Food
This is by far the easiest and most financially beneficial way to improve your garden while improving the environment. By buying less fruit and vegetables from the store, you’re decreasing demand. This means fewer vehicles transporting less food to supermarkets, decreasing carbon emissions and energy usage.
The satisfaction and pride that comes with growing and consuming your own food are unlike anything else. Get your kids stuck in to help educate them on the importance of saving the environment while having fun.
Get A Compost Bin
Compost bins are extremely easy and affordable to set up and your garden will love it. Instead of throwing waste in the garbage, you can use it as fertilizer for your plants. Egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peelings, cardboard and wool are all examples of compost that your garden will love.
While your contribution may feel insignificant, it’s far from that. Every bit helps and if more people play their part in helping the environment stay viable for future generations, the impact will not go unnoticed.