Since 1970, April 22nd has been known as Earth Day. The day celebrates the birth of this modern environmental movement. It’s all about creating awareness about environmental issues and inspiring change.
The interior and exterior of your home and how you live in it, play a significant role in the impact you have on the planet. There are many small steps you can take to become more environmentally conscious.
So to help you along this journey, here are eight eco-friendly solutions for your mobile home garden.
1- DIY compost and fertilizer
Making your compost can benefit the environment in two key ways. First, you will improve the quality of the soil which will be great for all the plants and critters that depend on it. Second, it is an excellent way to reuse your waste.
General household waste that can work well for compost are:
- Lawn clippings
- Tea bags
- Fruit and vegetable peels
- Coffee grounds
- Egg cartons
But there are many more.
Here are some detailed guides to different composting methods that you can try at home.
2- Natural weed killer
One of the chief pollutants in home gardens are the weed killers that you use. These herbicides not only affect your yard, but when it rains those chemicals get washed away and can affect much larger areas.
It is better for your health and that of the environment to use eco-friendly solutions.
Here are some DIY weed killers that you can try:
- Boiling water: Throwing hot water on weeds that grow in cracks and pavements can be super useful.
- Vinegar: You can spray undiluted vinegar on the unwanted plants. Just be careful to miss all the other ones.
- DIY mixture: Blend 1-gallon white vinegar, one cup salt and one tablespoon liquid dish soap. You can apply this potent liquid to any weeds.
If all else fails, one of the best solutions is to pull the weeds out. Make sure you get the roots too.
You could prevent them from sprouting in the first place by laying down mulch on borders or any open spaces.
3- Natural pest solutions
Weeds aren’t the only nuisances that you might want to get rid off. Problematic pests include red spider mites, leaf miners, and weevils.
Luckily, there are alternatives to chemical pesticides.
- Tomato leaf: Tomato plants contain alkaloids that can inhibit harmful insects. Chop up 2 cups of their leaves and soak them in water overnight.
- Neem oil: Blend 2 teaspoons neem oil and 1 teaspoon of mild liquid soap shaken thoroughly with 1 quart of water. One benefit is that it doesn’t affect beneficial wildlife like butterflies.
- Chili spray: Crush four hot chilies, one small onion, and one clove garlic and mix this with one quartz water. This mixture is excellent for soft-bodied creatures like caterpillars.
You should spray these solutions on plants that are affected by pests.
A pro tip is to attract frogs and toads to your garden with a pond and some standing water. They can seriously help to control the insect population in your garden.
Trees are a fantastic addition to any garden. They help purify the air by removing harmful particles and releasing much-needed O2. All the while they can make the ideal habitat for wildlife like birds. And give you some much-needed shade.
The best part is that they will be there to benefit generations to come.
5- Water wise
Water is a precious resource. In a changing world, we need to use it with care. There are several measures you can take to reduce your water usage significantly.
First of all, only water the garden early in the morning or late at night to reduce evaporation. Another excellent idea is to plant drought-resistant plants. Small steps like these can have dramatic effects on how much water you use.
6- Rain barrel
What better way to nurture our garden than with pure rainwater? One brilliant way to conserve water is to collect some rain.
You can install specialized barrels or butts in your yard. These can hold thousands of liters of water. You can get a container with a tap or find some other method to siphon of some liquid to water your beds and lawns.
7- Think local
Expert advice to keep your garden thriving is to focus on using indigenous plants. Fill your garden with greenery that naturally grows in your area or at least in similar climates and habitats.
Not only does this add local flair to your home, but it is also good for the environment. These plants will need much less help to stay alive. Their benefits include requiring fewer amounts of resources like water.
This year’s Earth Day is all about protecting species. So why not use your garden to become part of the movement?
Find ways to live alongside all kinds of small creatures in your area. You can put up some bird feeders and water baths out in the yard.
Of course, it is an even better idea to fill your garden with the plants they love.
Bees play a crucial role in the ecosystem. So it’s important to get some plants which will attract them to your garden. Some examples are flowers like bee balm, lavender, and snowdrops.
The most important step you can take to make your mobile home garden more eco-friendly is to be more conscious about the choices that you make. Pay attention to the effects of the actions that you take and the products that you use.
In no time your home environment will be green, literally and figuratively.
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