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GrassSeedTitleIt’s that time of the year again — time to start preparing your yard for summer. If you are like me, you probably have a lot of work to do after a long winter. No matter what sort of things you have planned for your yard, there are certain things that you can do to not only keep your yard looking food, but can also help the environment.

Use a Composter

Green ComposterDid you know that we throw away tons of organic waste each year? This is garbage that is taking up space in our landfills when it could be composted into nutrient-rich soil. When you use a composter you are not only keeping extra waste out of the landfill but are also creating good soil to use for your lawn and garden.

What is even better is that the organic soil you are “growing” is naturally balanced with nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and without artificial inputs such as synthetic fertilizers that are often too high in nitrogen.

Build or Buy a Rain Barrel

It takes a lot of time and energy to purify drinking water. We often take for granted the water that comes out of our faucets but this is a precious resource — especially in parts of the world that don’t have clean water. Instead of using treated water to water gardens or even to wash the car, instead consider using a rain barrel. These rain barrels are so easy to use as they can attach to your home’s downspouts to catch the rain water.

This way, when it rains, the water is captured in the barrel and then you can attach a hose to the bottom of the barrel in order to access the water. It not only saves energy and reduces our carbon footprint, but it also saves you money!

Set Up a Mason Bee Hive

SavetheBees1You might be aware that the bees are in trouble. Pests, disease, loss of habitat, and changing climate have all contributed to bee die-offs, but nothing has done the same amount of damage as insecticides.  One of the number one ways to help the bees in your own yard is to create a bee-friendly environment using a bee house for mason bees. (By the way, did you know that mason bees don’t sting? They are just super-pollinators!)

Plant a Garden

A red tiller is turning up the soil for a garden.There are so many benefits to planting a garden, primarily that you can grow your own fruits, vegetables, and even herbs. Plus, one of the benefits of homegrown plants are that they are higher in nutrients than the ones that have traveled several thousands miles to get to your grocery store. Plus, you can reduce the number of pesticides (saving the bees) and use the organic soil you created in your composter when growing your own garden. Of course, it will also save you money!

Patch Up Your Lawn

ContainerOutsideWe live in Pennsylvania and the winters can be hard on our lawns. Often, once the last of the snow melts we find bare patches in the yard that need to be spruced up. I will readily admit that I am not an expert gardener, so I purchased some Scotts® EZ Seed® Sun and Shade to fill in some of the bare spots on my lawn so that it looks lush and green again.

What I really love about the Scotts® EZ Seed® Sun and Shade variety is that it is so easy to use. It is not just the seed but also includes a mulch mix to help the seed take hold. What is even better is that instead of being just a grass seed, this is a bare spot repair which can help to restore wear and tear in up to an 85 square foot area!

StorePhotoIf your lawn is like mine and can use a little sprucing up, you can pick up EZ Seed® Sun and Shade in the lawn and garden section of your local Walmart.

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