Green Grass and High Tides: Springing into Spring 2013

landscapingAs spring continues to wriggle to the surface, what could be more joyful than stepping into it with an open heart, open arms and most importantly open eyes. As you begin to become intoxicated by blooms, buds and more be sure to take notice of many ways to continue your eco-practices.
The Lawn
Seeing rows of flowers and grass pushing up into the spring air is an aesthetic staple of almost every American community. However, the path to this manicured beauty can have the potential to wreak havoc on our planet. This spring try a different, eco-friendly approach before wasting precious water and spraying chemical after chemical on your patch of land. Here are a few ideas:

  • Reduce Grass Coverage – By replacing high maintenance grass with rock garden designs, vegetables and/or indigenous low-water plants you will reduce waste and environmental harm.
  • Replace Synthetics with Simplicity – Set up compost bins and use fertile compost for your lawn, garden, bushes and trees rather than succumb to expensive toxic choices.
  • Catch It – Rain catchment barrels will offer you free water, reducing your usage and your bills.
  • Fake It – Artificial grass has come a long way finally reaching the point of almost exact mimicry in look and feel. It is a no brainer for a 100% eco-friendly lawn (when using a recycled brand).

The Land, The Water
A hike, water outing or camping under the stars are some of the many spring activities that we may want to re-evaluate before participating in so as to remain environmentally aware.

  • Hikers should keep a waste pouch available in their backpack to honor the carry-in, carry-out policy.
  • See it, smell it, don’t touch it. Disturbing land or marine vegetation, eggs or nesting can severely affect vital habitats.
  • Respect Nature’s auditory environment and avoid disrupting wildlife by blaring your own music.
  • Choose as many non-motor modes of transportation such as a bicycle, canoe, sailboard, rollerblade or skateboard.
  • Pick it up even if it is not yours. You didn’t litter but why not help out, regardless of what your ego tells you.

Spring 2013 means new life, new hope and most of all, new ways to enjoy it all. Rely on old green habits and always look for new ones so your days will be filled with the enjoyment of Nature’s budding show while being part of her healing at the same time.
Here is spring, summed up by painter Edward Giobbi, “I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?”


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