5 Ways you can Celebrate Earth Day
Each year we get to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. There are many of us who acknowledge it, but don’t necessarily know how to properly celebrate it. What’s most important is that we all make environmentally conscious decisions when it comes to taking care of our planet, not just for one day, but all the time. Below you will find 5 ways you can celebrate Earth Day this year:
Switch to water-wise landscaping
When it comes to taking care of our planet, we have to make decisions that are in the best interest of our environment. Limiting or eliminating the use of water is a way to contribute towards Earth Day. Not only is water-wise landscaping visually appealing, it creates an environment that is more sustainable for California homeowners. If anything, water-wise landscaping requires less maintenance, and by switching to it you’ll be able to save both money and time.
Reduce your lawn size
Working towards environmental friendliness doesn’t just revolve around recycling. It also extends to reducing. If you take a look at your lawn and see areas that aren’t needed, then you may in fact need to reduce your overall lawn size. What does this mean for you? By reducing your lawn size, you’ll be able to reduce water consumption, have less yard waste and increase your overall property’s value. Low-maintenance landscaping adds value to your home. Although it may take time to properly reduce your lawn to the size you want, you will benefit from having a smaller lawn in the meantime.
Start a compost pile
Having a compost pile may get overlooked when thinking of essential landscaping strategies. But in reality, having a compost pile or bin is a necessity and should be considered when landscaping. Compost helps reduce soil erosion by binding it together and increasing infiltration. It can also conserve water due to its ability to retain and efficiently transfer water. This both helps the environment and makes your landscape more drought resistant. For Earth Day this year, consider this method as you look for ways to enhance your contribution to Earth and your landscaping.
Set up a drip irrigation system
When you set up a drip irrigation system, you’re protecting your landscaping more than you know. You’ll be able to save time, money and most importantly water because of how efficient the system is. You’re also preventing disease to your landscape by minimizing the water contact to your leaves. This is a system that can be beneficial in the long run. Use Earth Day as a reminder to conserve water and set up your drip irrigation system.
Reduce plants that are chronic problems
In life, there are many things that we can do to stay healthy and to maintain a well balanced diet. When we are sick, we get the proper rest, take our vitamins or even see a doctor. Your care for plants should be no different. If you recognize plants that may have a disease, it’s best to remove them in order to maintain a healthy garden. A plant disease can cause many types of symptoms that may affect the plant’s ability to yield, reproduce or grow properly. Plant diseases often provide helpful clues to the underlying problems as a whole. These problems might include poor site selection, nutrient imbalance, water stress or improper mulching. When you protect your landscape, you’re protecting Earth.
It is our responsibility to celebrate Earth Day properly. But what’s even more important is to consistently take care of our planet even after April 22nd. If you’re able to do one, or even two of the above tasks, it will be a positive contribution towards our environment. Most of these tasks are doable and have a lasting impact for the years to come. Feel free to share these 5 ways to celebrate Earth Day with your peers!