Living green in your home does not require LEED certification, solar panels or a state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling system. In 7 simple (and inexpensive) steps you can transform your home life into one unburdened by the guilt that comes from excessive waste, wanton consumption and the use of noxious toxins. In other words, it IS easy being green!
Step 4: Use Earth-Friendly Garden and Landscaping Products
Use non-toxic pesticides and fertilizers in your garden.
Gardens and lawns beg for more care than regular watering, weeding and mowing. An entire industry has been made out of America's quest for the greenest lawn and brightest flower garden. Unfortunately that industry has encouraged the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers to help homeowners accomplish their landscaping goals.
Conventional pesticides and fertilizers are often toxic. Children, pets and even the plants we are trying to preserve can suffer harmful effects from the poisons sprayed and spread. According to the EPA, 95% of the pesticides used for residential lawns are probably carcinogens.
Thankfully there are safer alternatives available to the green-thumbed homeowner. Before you go shopping, it's important to do a little brushing up on pesticide options, including the non-toxic choices like baking soda and sabadilla as well as the more dangerous chemicals like diazinon and malathioin. Read more on Pesticide Options
It's just as important to use organic fertilizers on your lawn and garden for truly green living. Familiarize yourself with the types of organic fertilizers available on the market, including plant, animal, mineral and, of course, compost. Read more on Organic Fertilizers
Finally, if you're still not convinced, do a little reading on the latest findings on pesticide levels found inside homes. Yes, you read that right. Pesticides get tracked indoors through a variety of methods, greatly reducing the indoor air quality of the home and increasing the risk of inadvertent poisoning, especially among kids. Read more on Pesticides in the Home