Every little bit counts when it comes to environmental responsibility. Your own efforts can start at home. You might even inspire your friends and neighbors to clean up their act as well.
Be Aware of What You’re Planting
Invasive species are a serious issue. Non-native plants that are brought in from other areas can spread and overtake native species, disrupting the food sources of a wide variety of local animal life. You can easily combat this by using native plants when you’re gardening. There are benefits beyond supporting your local ecosystem. Gardens with native plants actually require less maintenance, as their biology is naturally suited to the existing environment. Native plants that crave moisture also help control runoff from storm water.
Change How You Nourish Your Garden
Slowly wean yourself (and your plants) from dependence on chemical fertilizers. It’s better for the both of you. Chemical fertilizers lower your soil quality, are harmful to local wildlife, and can even kill your plants. Organic fertilizers come in a number of different forms. Dry fertilizer is mixed directly into the soil. Liquid fertilizer can be poured around the plant’s roots or sprayed directly onto the leaves. It is a good choice for plants that are actively growing. You don’t need to buy organic fertilizers mixed with extra nutrients. Healthy soil should have that already.
Get Everyone Involved
Want a unique neighborhood bonding experience? Try hosting a cleaning party. It could be a trash pickup in your suburb or a community garden project. When a community is kept clean, not only does it help preserve the health and safety of local wildlife, but it also discourages further littering and vandalism. Making a yearly spring cleanup using volunteer community members and skip bin hire to clear out accumulated garbage brings the community closer together, fosters a sense of communal responsibility, and encourages pride in a clean local environment.
Secure Your Trash
Your carbon footprint obviously extends to your trash as well. It is a good idea to keep your rubbish secure. Trash buildup contributes to the spread of disease and unwanted pests. Species like rats and raccoons are particularly known for scrounging through trash. It is definitely not part of their diet. They could also carry the trash elsewhere and do the littering for you. Not everything has to go into the trash, however. Appliances and other scrap metal can be sold or donated to recycling plants. This kind of service helps you manage your waste and reduces the volume of garbage in local landfills.
Environmental activism doesn’t always require large demonstrations. When you make the choice to be more eco-friendly you lead by example. Taking these baby steps makes it easy to become “green” in more aspects of your life.
- Meghan Belnap is the author of this post.