Picture yourself outdoors. You are camping, or working out in your garden, or simply taking a walk. You feel at one with nature…but are you harming that nature while you are at it? The chances are actually pretty good that you are harming the environment, even when your intention is to enjoy the atmosphere or to make it more beautiful.
Be more aware of what you are doing outdoors. Most people don’t even think about how much they are harming the environment when they are making their yards more pleasing to the eye. Furthermore, people rarely take the time to enjoy their lawns and gardens anymore. Today, we want to use the highest powered equipment to get the job done in the least amount of time.
Stop thinking of it as work, and start thinking of it as a way to enjoy nature – as well as a way to get a fantastic workout. Get the whole family involved, and get out there for some much needed sunshine while the ozone layer is still protecting you…just be sure to wear your sun block. Here are ten ways that you can protect the environment when you are outdoors.
1. Get rid of that old gas powered lawn mower, and the riding lawn mower. Instead, use an electric lawnmower – if you must – and if you really want to do your part, and get a great workout, use a non-electric, non-gasoline powered mower. Instead of electric or gas powered trimmers, use old fashioned hedge trimmers. Instead of electric edgers, use the manual ones. Instead of weed eaters, get down on your hands and knees and pull those weeds. It’s great exercise!
2. Do not bag the grass that has been cut! Sure, it makes your lawn look nicer, and it is easier than raking, but you aren’t doing the environment any good at all. That cut grass needs to be left alone, so that it can decompose naturally, which in turn feeds nutrients to the soil.
3. If you must water your lawn, do it once a day, and do it early in the morning. Don’t over water the lawn. Also note that it may not look that fabulous when it is under watered, but when the rains come – and they always eventually come – it will get its good healthy green color back again. Sometimes, it is best to let Mother Nature take care of nature.
4. Use a rake. Avoid using blowers and such. These only stir up dust, and they aren’t very good for the environment. Raking is fine, and its great exercise. If you don’t want to do it, hire a neighborhood kid to do it for you.
5. Create a compost pile or bin. This compost makes great, natural fertilizer, and it enables you to recycle your waste, as long as the waste was ‘natural’ to begin with. Compost piles are very easy to create. The environment will thank you – and so will your gardens later on.