Earth day may be a week behind us, but late April and early May is the perfect time to show Mother Nature a little love by proudly showing everyone just how green your thumb is (if it’s actually green, maybe you should see a doctor). You may be a little wary about planting more foliage around, and that’s understandable. They control our oxygen supply and, if some sort of extraterrestrial being were to come to earth, they would think the trees run the show. The unified world order will certainly be controlled by a league of deciduous trees. We should plant those things anyway because running a planet is a lot of pressure and I would rather be copilot. Insane ranting aside, I wanted to pass along a few tips that will brighten up your home and show off the beautiful colors that nature has on her palette (which is completely biodegradable, I might add). Whether this is a recent move in or you have been at the place for years, a new, natural look will set you on a path to green living. Who knows? Maybe you start bringing your mug to your regular coffee spot and switch from plastic to paper? Having green friends does that to you.
Brighten the yard! In the spirit of Earth day and going green, this section is going to cover plants that are beautiful and incredibly useful. As I’ve covered in the past, there are certain flowers you can place around your yard to keep mosquitoes away. This is a lifesaver for people living in the Palmetto state who are also a little softer at heart. Killing the little critters for doing what they do seems cruel, but there are some natural ways to deter them. You can add some warm colors to you yard by putting out a pot of marigolds, as the smell is repulsive to mosquitoes. Put them around a walkway to create an invisible barrier between your home’s entrance way and the outdoors. Citronella, along with being used as an ingredient in mosquito repellant, can add a bit more green with some varying texture. My favorite solution is to plant some lavender (purple is the greatest) or some lemon grass. After the lemon grass gets long enough, you can cut it down and make a nice tasting tea!
Plant those trees! Plant lots of trees, you are going to need a lot of fertilizer. If you have a handy-dandy Mobile Attic portable storage container, you have a place for all that yard equipment. There are few other things in this world as fulfilling as planting a tree (alright, I’m exaggerating for Earth day. Give me a break). It’s like having an oxygen-supplying pet that needs way less attention and thrives on your carbon dioxide emissions. Anywho, find a nice baby tree, fresh from the nursery, and bring it home all swaddled in its root ball wraps. Find some quality fertilizer with anywhere from 12 to 30% nitrogen and a smaller amount of Phosphorus. Nitrogen is incredibly important for the development of the tree. Dig a hole about 2 to 3 times as wide as the root ball and back fill it when the tree is in place. Stake it, water it, and put enough fertilizer so that there is 3 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet. Plant an entire orchard and you never have to be lonely again! Also, bonus points because when the new world order takes over, the tree overlords may have mercy because of your kindness.
Consider the lawn free life! This mode of operation is not for the faint of heart. It is for those of you who hold the biggest symbolic green thumb ever (and if its literal, again, see a doctor) and for those of you who love mother nature with every plant fiber of your being. The well-manicured lawn is a staple image in American culture. The nice, half-inch high grass is carefully regulated by an association that does little other than send hateful letters to you in the mail. Consider stripping away all this accountability. If you have an eye for style, you can plant a garden throughout your lawn and create a beautiful nature-scape that demonstrates your fondness for nature. Not only is it beautiful, but it provides a haven for interesting critters you may otherwise miss from the weekly mowing. Keep everything ordered, but spontaneous and you are on your way to having a yard that the deciduous tree council would be proud of!