New Year’s resolutions

Happy new year! Take some time in the midst of the next couple of days to make some resolutions that will help make our environment cleaner and greener for all of us and for our children. If everyone did just one thing for the environment, think how great the effect would be.

Here are some ideas; you’re find a lot more here and here:

— the next time you have a short errand to run, walk or bike instead of driving (good for you as well as for the environment)

— the next time you replace a car, make it a hybrid, or go down one car size. If you now drive a large SUV, can you make do with a medium-sized one?

— the next time you park your car outside the bank or dry cleaner, turn off the engine rather than leaving it running while you go inside

— as you replace light bulbs, switch to LEDs or compact fluorescents

— if you need to replace your hot water heater, get a tankless one; buy Energy Star appliances when you need to replacements

— turn the thermostat down 8-10 degrees at night (in summer, turn it up at night) and when you go out for several hours

— don’t waste water in your garden–don’t water unless it’s really needed, which really means only when you have newly planted shrubs and perennials

— if you absolutely cannot live without fertilizing your lawn (even though your lawn doesn’t need it at all) eliminate one yearly feeding from your program

— plant native perennials instead of annuals next spring–one little bluestem grass, one milkweed, and one aster will take up three square feet of space AND give you gorgeous color and attract pollinators from early summer through late fall AND be absolutely care free

— plant native shrubs such as serviceberry, gray dogwood, elderberry, and ninebark to attract birds and butterflies all season long

— start a compost pile to reduce the amount of waste your family produces and create your own topsoil

Happy new year! I can’t wait until the garden looks like this again:

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