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Is your Garden Eco-friendly?

Our beautiful planet provides us with all the resources needed to live, thrive, and enjoy our stay here. So the very least we can do in return is to live in harmony with the nature that surrounds us. And, even though Tom Murray at Forbes would have us believe that environmental innovation is all the rage in the corporate America these days, we reckon it would be fair to say that achieving the aforementioned harmony is something we as a society have never been particularly good at.

Of course, one person on his own wouldn’t be able to solve every environmental disaster in the world. But you can make a step to helping that will make a difference. And there isn’t a better step you can take than to reduce your very own environmental footprint by making your garden eco-friendly. Just follow these simple tips and you will make this planet a better place for all of us.

Solar Lights

According to Michael Shank at Huffington Post, solar powered outdoor lights are easily one of the simplest, most affordable, and effective solutions when it comes to making your garden an eco-friendly place. You will be able to reduce your dependence on electricity and we all know that solar energy is by far the most environmentally friendly type of energy out there, which is why it is a nice place to start.

Compost Heap

Sure, it isn’t as sophisticated of a solution as a set of solar lights, but it is just as simple and it doesn’t require any financial investment whatsoever. Compost is essentially food waste with some other organic materials that have decomposed. By installing a compost bin in your garden and dumping your food scraps, shredded paper, dead leaves, and a variety of other materials, you will be killing two birds with one stone by providing your soil with rich nutrients and adding far less trash to the landfill. You can make your own compost bin with things you have lying around your house.

Slow Your Roll with the Lawn

We all like a nice pristine lawn but consider letting it grow a few additional inches. This way, your lawn will be able to build up tolerance against drought. A stronger, healthier lawn means that you will have fewer pests to deal with, it will be less prone to all kinds of diseases, and there’s a good chance you won’t ever have to rely on chemicals to interfere.

A Rain Barrel Will Do

Despite the fact that about three quarters of our planet is covered with water, less than one percent of that water is suitable for human use. By using a rain barrel, you will be able to conserve the rainwater and diminish your overall negative environmental impact.

Plant a Tree

It might not sound like much but even a single tree will go a long way when it comes to making Planet Earth a more habitable place. That tree will give wildlife a place to stay and purify the air around you. Besides, planting them is surprisingly easy and it doesn’t require a whole lot of effort. And, as Ellen Dolgen at Huffington Post would like to remind us, the shade produced by the trees will be able to cover and protect you from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives with her husband and a very bad dog.

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