Friday, March 20, 2015

13 Eco-Friendly Tips For Spring

13 Eco-Friendly Tips For Spring

Spring has finally arrived!! After a long, cold winter, I'm ready for warm weather, blue skies, and gardening.

This time of year is perfect for sprucing up our green routine. And with these tips, you'll be well prepared for the warm months ahead!

Eco-Friendly Tips for Spring

  1. Join a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) and try new fruits and vegetables. Most CSAs offer recipes so experiment and discover new and wonderful meals.
  2. Clean your home from top to bottom using natural, Eco-friendly cleansers. There are a ton of natural recipes online ... they are easy to make with ingredients typically found in the kitchen (vinegar, baking soda, lemons, etc.).
  3. Clean your bathroom fans once a year. Turn off the power and take the cover off. Wash it in soapy water. Clean the fan blades with a toothbrush.
  4. Open and close all windows. If they stick or don't open/close easily, check the weather stripping.
  5. Check outside hose faucets for damage. Turn the water on and place your hand over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced.
  6. Clean Bird Feeders and Baths ... and make any necessary repairs. And while you're add it, put up a bee house.
  7. Now is a great time to start a seed swap, set up tool sharing with your neighbors, or organize a little free library.
  8. Start a compost pile ... it's great fertilizer for your garden and reduces food waste.
  9. Prepare for new growth in your garden. Rake leaves and winter debris. Use a hoe to loosen the soil and mix in compost for nutrients.
  10. Now's the perfect time to plant trees and bushes. Cooler temperatures and rain give them a good start.
  11. Check the garden hose for dry rot and replace if necessary!
  12. Use garlic to repel mosquitoes. Just cut the garlic and rub it on your skin. While this method isn't scientifically proven, many people swear by the practice.
  13. Did you know that sunscreens contribute to coral bleaching? Protect yourself from the sun, and protect coral reefs, by using natural, Eco-friendly sunscreens. And don't forget sunglasses, hats and umbrellas!
Want more? Click HERE for last year's list of tips ... all tried and true!

If you're moving into Autumn instead of Spring, you might be interested in Eco-Friendly Tips For Autumn 2014.

13 Eco-Friendly Tips For Spring

What's your favorite way to prepare for spring?