Disposing of household chemicals requires a little extra effort, but it is worth it to prevent the harsh caustics and toxins from getting into the soil or water. Many communities host periodic "Household Hazardous Waste" events for drop off chemicals and some do "cleanup" events for large items, bulky trash and other hard to recycle materials. The city of Atlanta, Georgia now has a permanent drop off location near Grant Park called CHaRM. Learn more at www.livethrive.org/charm. www.GreenShortz.com
Composting kitchen scraps and paper products can help you reduce your trash footprint by as much as 80%. Awesome! You can start by finding a sealed container you already have or by purchasing $7 canister from the local home store. Once you've gathered the material, there are many methods to turn it into rich, organic soil...rolling composters, barrels, bins, composting worms and a simple compost pile. www.greenshortz.com
I bet you can find a few glasses of unconsumed water around the house. I know I can. Here's a simple way to reuse this water in your house plants. And because this water has sat–perhaps overnight–the chlorine has evaporated making it even better for the microbial communities in the soil that help plants metabolize nutrients. So, put your stale water to use, keeping your plant watered and healthy.
English Ivy is not native to the US...it's an invader from England. The ivy's invasive properties include overpowering native ground cover and, if unchecked, climbing and covering trees. The ivy is not parasitic, so it won't attack the tree, but it will compete for nutrients in the soil and look rather nasty while climbing as high as it cat. Remove the ivy by cutting, letting it die and physically pulling it down from the tree and out of the soil. Ivy can be left to die, or burned. If you just leave it in a pile, monitor it periodically to make sure it isn't rerooting. That is some invasive species are very good at. www.GreenShortz.com
It only takes a few minutes to pick up litter along a road near you. You'll help beautify the area and put items into the recycling stream. And consider this, litter breeds more litter, in other words, seeing litters give others the sense that it is OK for them to litter too. Cleaning up takes away their excuse. Walk the Line! You got time for this. www.greenshortz.com