The kindest thing you can do for the Earth, starting right in your backyard.
Water, water everywhere…
Whether we are buying vegetables from California or watching the news we feel the effects of drought around the country and the world. Saving money on your water bill is always good, but using less potable water on lawns and gardens means less drinking water is diverted and cities don’t have to spend as much of our tax money on making it drinkable. Synthetic phosphate fertilizers have been outlawed in many states because of the harm they do to water systems. In Minnesota, the 10,000 lakes became 10,000 algae ponds. The ocean waters that lap our seaboards become dead zones every year when river systems carry run-off from cities and agricultural areas.
Excess fertilizers along with nitrites and phosphorus from our sewage systems feed anaerobic microbes that use up all the dissolved oxygen in the water drowning any sea life that tries to survive there. Eroded soils that have synthetics and other pollutants add to the problem.
When you hold more water in your yard, when you clean water moving across your yard to the street with healthy plants, when you stop erosion before it even begins, you are helping to make a healthier planet.
Climate change and storing Carbon Dioxide…
We’ve all seen the ads for buying trees to store CO2 and lighten our carbon footprint. It’s true; trees help to store CO2, mainly because the sugars they exude through their roots feed fungi. A forest floor has lots and lots of fungi. The healthy fungus in your soil is the best way to store that CO2. A recent article by Judith Schwartz elucidates.
More information on how fungus stores carbon, as well as an amazing 15 minute talk from Paul Stamets.
Synthetic lawn and garden chemicals do more harm than good… just say no to synthetics. Say yes to professionally produced compost tea, rich in the diversity of microbes that make all the difference. Indulge your landscape. Save money and help restore the Earth to health.