How to Have an Eco-Friendly House Inside and Out

Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore once shared the wise sentiment that, “By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” This is so true, and by using up all the natural resources available to us we’re not gathering the beauty of the earth. Fortunately many people are joining strengths in trying to help sustain the environment. It is at a very fragile state, and is affected by almost everything that we do these days.

We’re killing the planet that we live on and the atmosphere surrounding it, but in reality we can help. There are small things that each of us can easily do, and larger things that we can all take the time to do if the cause really does matter to us like we say it does. If we combine all of our efforts together, big or small, we can help to start a movement going in the right direction of helping the planet.

How to Have an Eco-Friendly House Inside and Out

Image courtesy of David Selman

Benefits of Eco-Friendly Homes

Some people have eco-friendly houses. There are people who have eco-friendly cars. They appear to be living a healthy eco-friendly life, but besides their houses and cars, what else is eco-friendly in their life? They may think that since they have these factors, the harsh chemicals in the cleaners that they use don’t matter.

When they’re working in the yard, the tools that they use can be ordinary tools. They’re still using chemical-laden fertilizers and other gardening products. But because they’re actually paying attention to their lawn, they assume that it counts as being eco-friendly and that mowing the grass and planting a few flowers is enough. In reality, eco-friendly landscaping is bigger than that, and should be a top priority in their lives.

Your Eco-Friendly Landscaping Checklist

Think about what yard work needs to be done at your house, or better yet, look at what needs to be done. Automatically, you start thinking about things that you will need to purchase in order to make your yard look better. You wouldn’t look at buying a new baby mattress without reading crib mattress reviews, so be sure to research organic landscaping before you go buying a bunch of products that you might not sever use.

The grass most likely needs to be seeded and mowed, and those eyesore weeds need to disappear before your eyes actually fall out from looking at them. Mowing the grass involves the lawn mower, which involves gas. Taking care of the weeds involves pulling them, but could also require the use of weed killer. And when you look at your flowers, and see that bugs are tearing them apart then you know that you need to protect your plants as well!

Adding Green to Your Landscaping

All of the above can be done in a simple eco-friendly manner. While they may take a little more effort on our part, the chances are relatively high that you will save money from the eco-friendly version – and that’s just one of the many perks!

  • Mowing – You need to mow your grass. It’s inevitable that it will grow, and not mowing it can provide a habitat for critters that you probably don’t want living in your yard, hiding in your grass. However, what good is it to have an eco-friendly car if your lawn mower is a gas hog? You could use an electric push mower or a reel lawn mower which depends on your own muscles for power.
  • Landscaping – If you have a large yard, try some landscaping. Trees are always needed, so try planting some different trees and plants, and mulch down different areas. The more of your land that you landscape, the less you have to mow. Additionally, planting trees and shrubs around your house helps keep down your heating and cooling costs.
  • Pesticides – When you’re treating your plants, or killing your weeds, the thought that the chemicals you are using could not be good for the planet may seem silly. However, it is true. You’re killing things with chemicals, which is never very healthy. There are plenty of home concoctions to try that will have less of a negative impact on the environment.
  • Watering – Don’t water your grass too often. Always heed to the water level warnings, and don’t water when there is a shortage. If you must use sprinklers, limit their use to morning or evening when it’s cooler and the water takes less time to evaporate into the air.

Eco-friendly living is truly eco-friendly living when even your landscaping aims to help the environment. After all, why stop at striving for a green thumb when you can be green in every aspect of your lifestyle? When you take the time to treat the planet with things that are overall better for it, then you are on your way to being completely green.a

Balboa Beach resident Sophie Evans works from home as a freelance writer, which gives her plenty of time to devote to an eco-friendly lifestyle. And that doesn’t just mean getting a Starbucks Frappuccino in a reusable insulated drinking glass! She uses tips from websites like to help achieve a green lifestyle and loves knowing that she and her husband are raising their young son and daughter up to make the earth a better place for future generations. In her free time Sophie enjoys playing board games with her family and reading.

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