10 Earth Friendly Tips
1) Plant a shade tree on the southwest side of your house. When it matures, it will reduce your home's need for air conditioning.
2) Maintain your lawn at a height of 2 ½” to 3”, and you'll use less herbicide; shorter lawns invite more weeds. Long grass also shades the soil and reduce the amount of water needed.
3) Kill weeds in sidewalks, driveways and between pavers using full strength white vinegar instead of a chemical herbicide.
4) Put rain barrels beneath your downspouts and use the water for your containers and gardens.
5) Add mulch to your landscape and garden beds to reduce water use.
6) Use a water timer on hoses and sprinklers to avoid over-or under-watering.
7) Buy solar powered outdoor lighting, birdbaths and fountains to reduce electricity use.
8) Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to deliver water directly to a plant's root zone.
9) Build or buy bat houses for natural insect control. Bats eat many more insects than birds eat.
10) Plant a tall evergreen hedge on the north side of your home to cut heating bills up to 34% in windswept regions and 10% in sheltered areas.
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