Steve Casey
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Posted by Steve Casey on 9/2/2019

The decision to mulch is one of the best you can make for your garden. Mulching involves you placing barriers that serve as protection around your plants and bare soil. The mulch composition varies from organic materials like bark, wood chips, pine needle, straw, etc. to unnatural materials like plastic, fabrics, tires, rocks, and pebbles.

Mulching not only beautifies your garden, but there are other benefits you would enjoy from mulching. 

Weed Control

Mulching helps reduce the growth of weeds in your garden and it serves as a barrier against the amount of sunlight the weeds can get to germinate. Even if it sprouts, the mulch will prevent it from rooting, making it easy to remove. So, while your healthy plants grow, it wont have to compete with weeds for nutrients.

Pest Control

Some mulch serves as an insect repellent; these types of mulch are great for controlling a pest. Mulch like cedar barks have natural oils that repel insects from your garden, other mulch types with a strong fragrance have better effects on a pest. Be careful though when choosing a mulch with fragrance as some scented mulch attract insects.

Moisture Retention

When you cover around your plant and bare soil, you allow water trapped to get into the land, preventing quick evaporation. Organic mulch hold water which means, more water for your plants. During hot and dry periods, you wont have to worry much about water for your soil  reducing your cost of the water bill.

Soil Temperature 

The mulch also serves as an insulating layer for your soil; It reduces how fast the temperature of the soil changes. During dry the season, mulch keeps the ground cool by absorbing sunrays and slowing the temperature increase of the soil.  During the colder months, the mulch keeps heat for the land, making the plants grow for more extended periods than they would otherwise could not. 

Improves Soil Nutrients

Using organic mulch such as leaves, wood chips or bark will decompose over time. The decomposed organic material adds rich-organic nutrient into the soil, feeding the plants and other living organisms in the ground with nutrients. The covering of the land also prevents soil nutrients from being washed off during rain. 

Prevents Erosion

Mulching helps to keep water in the soil and also prevents your ground from washing over when it rains. Because of the organic and inorganic materials placed around your garden, the force of rain lessens because of these materials. 

Improves Curb Appeal

Mulching adds color to your garden and landscape; it creates a groomed look for your landscape beds, trees, and shrubs around your home. Colored mulches are perfect for complementing the hues of your home and your garden. 

Mulches are beneficial for your surroundings; they give your garden a finished look and makes it easy for you to maintain. 





Posted by Steve Casey on 7/8/2019

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If living green is a new endeavor for you, reducing your waste output down to zero is an ambitious goal. However, it is a noble one. With some re-thinking and effort, you can make great strides in the quantity of trash you and your household produces. Put in some of these practices and what you add to landfills can be significantly reduced.

Start with one or two of these practices. Get the whole family on board. As you succeed, add in another one or two, and soon, you will have your home running smoothly green-conscious.

Zero waste tips

  • Shop in bulk. Larger packaging often means less packaging, so that giant bag of toilet tissue at the big box store reduces your waste at once. Additionally, most warehouse-type stores do not offer plastic or paper bags. Instead, they recycle the boxes and crates that products come in for customers to use exiting the store. Better still, bringing your reusable bags and containers decreases your waste from shopping even more.
  • When offered bags in traditional grocery, sundry, or clothing stores, say no. Carry collapsible sacks in your handbag or pocket to hold the items you buy. If you do take home sacks, be sure to reuse or recycle them.
  • Bring home less stuff. Curb your shopping habit so that you only bring back those items that you genuinely need. Instead, spend more time window shopping and just enjoying the things on the mannequin without taking them home. If shopping is your therapy, redirect your funds to an experience such as a spa treatment or foot massage instead.
  • Make memories, not purchases. When you used to use shopping to bond with your children, instead, find an activity you can do together such as an escape room, time in an arcade, or playing mini golf. Those memories last a lifetime while a new toy or clothing may only last for a season.
  • Instead of baggies, cling wrap, and foil for your leftovers, invest in reusable glass containers with BPA-free lids that seal. You reduce waste, and your food tastes better. Utilizing containers made of freezer-to-oven glass reduces your water waste too since you can store and cook in the same dish.
  • Rent instead of buy. For big-ticket clothing items that you will use or wear only once or twice, take advantage of local and online shops that let you rent formal wear, prom dresses, wedding clothes and other unique occasion items, and even a new wardrobe regularly. Check out sites such as Rent the Runway and Stich Fix or a local store in your area that rents clothing. Like tuxedo rentals, you will save on waste, closet space, and money.
  • Make the thrift stores and charity shops part of your shopping habit. Of course, donating gently used clothing and household items is always a great idea to reduce waste, support a worthy cause, and give someone else the opportunity to buy something they will love at a great price. However, shopping there is good for you too. Take a bag or two to donate and then while away a couple of hours shopping in the same store. Other folks may have donated just the items you need for your household. You save time and money both.

If you are in the market for a home designed for green living, reach out to your real estate agent and inform them of your needs. They may have access to more detailed information about homes coming on the market with green or alternative energy sources and access to other waste reduction options.




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