With summer coming to an end, homeowners should start preparing their yards for fall. Homeowners should be proactive in their gardening efforts and aim to be as sustainable as possible. Consider the following eco-friendly ideas when preparing the yard for fall to protect your local and the global environment.
Use All-Natural Mulch
When preparing the garden for fall, homeowners should reconsider the type of mulch they use. Before reaching for a bag of man-made mulch, consider a more eco-friendly alternative. All-natural mulch is an important element of any sustainable yard or garden. Experts suggest that hardwood bark makes for the best all-natural mold. This mulch decomposes to a sweet-smelling and rich black dirt. Additionally, this mulch is better for the soil as it will improve its chemical and physical properties, like improving water retention and permeability of the soil.
Create a Compost Bin
Composting is another important way to improve the health of one’s yard while disposing of biodegradable waste materials. Everything from vegetable husks to coffee grounds can be placed into an air-tight container and then in the compost bin outside. As these materials decompose, they can be used to enrich the soil, limit the need to use chemical fertilizers, and help break down organic matter thought the production of good bacteria.
Use Skip Bins for Waste
Readying the yard for fall often results in compiling several pounds worth of waste. Instead of trying to break down this garbage to fit into a typical trash bin, use Green Bins. These bins make it easy to rid the yard of larger waste that won’t fit in the trash. After the bins are filled, they will be taken away and emptied, leaving homeowners with a spotless yard that’s ready for the fall.
Avoid Toxic Pesticides
Regular pesticides may seem like an easy way to take care of all the pests around the yard, but these pesticides aren’t safe for the environment. Pesticides contain a dangerous amount of chemicals that can harm plants, animals, and people. Alternative pest control methods that are more eco-friendly include using beneficial insects to feed on the pests, planting vegetables in rotation to limit pest infestation, and using biodegradable substances that are formulated with all-natural products.
Yard care shouldn’t put any extra strain on the environment. With these four tips, all homeowners will be able to ring in autumn in the most environmentally friendly way possible. This will protect the global environment as well as their own local, neighborhood environment.