Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Home & Garden DIY Ways to Save the Soil!

There are several things that YOU can do at home to make a difference in the world of soil conservation. After several resources and lists gave different suggestions, I have compiled a list of my favorite and most "do-able" conservation tactics:

1) Compost!
- easy peasy lemon squeezy! make your own bin or request one from your local recycling center

2) plant a "Rain garden"
- basically create an indented basin somewhere in your yard. this allows rainwater to collect. it helps prevent soil erosion and can aid in growing wetland plants!

3) Restore wetlands!
-Speaking of wetlands, they are one of the most effective ways to prevent soil erosion! By donating to and volunteering in the cleanup of the wetlands, you can greatly aid in soil conservation!

4)plant buffer strips along rivers and creeks
- a little bit more hands on but buffer strips allow river and stream banks to remain intact during flooding or high storm volume times. they are also all natural, and can be made of compacted soil and hemp string.

5) Use a rain barrel!
- so simple, so easy, so effective! A rain barrel allows you to use excess water for your plants, lawns, and other outdoor needs! This saves money and resources from using traditional sprinkler systems!

Source: greenliving.lovetoknow.com

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