Going Green Experiment: Day Eight…’Greener’ grass and plants

With one week down of the ‘Going Green Experiment’, today was the first day to cycle through a similar daily challenge. We followed the same morning routine in our bathroom to cut down on water use and are attempting to incorporate those water saving tips for the bathroom from last week’s post into our lives. Our home and daily experience has changed quite a bit in the last week due to the ‘Going Green Experiment.’ In a positive way, we are living greener and friendlier towards our environment.

Another place where Americans use excess amounts of water is on their lawns. We Americans love our lawns. About 4 out of 5 US households have private lawns, according to a 1998 academic study. They are typically about a third of an acre, and in 2003, Americans spent $38.4 billion tending those yards and gardens, about $457 per household, says the National Gardening Association. And though we don’t own a lawn ourselves, we see the sprinklers and the hose constantly going in order to keep our apartment complex looking green. So what are some ways to cut down on wasting water in order to keep our lawns green AND ‘green’? Below are four things you can do in your home so that you never have to turn the sprinklers on again.

1. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants. Wash the fruits and vegetables in a bowl and then dump the excess water in a bucket for watering the lawn. If you’re cooking with a pot of boiling water, use that for watering plants, inside and outside, once its cool. Boiled water used for eggs or vegetables even contains additional nutrients that will benefit your plants.

2. Collect water from your roof to water your garden. A good summer task anyways, clean out your rain gutters, then next time it rains, collect the gutter rain in tarps or buckets that can be used to water grass and plants the completely natural way.

3. Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water and use this to water plants. When you’ve finished doing the washing-up, look to tip the remaining water onto your garden (providing you’ve only used natural washing-up liquids/soaps). Likewise, when you’ve finished having a bath with natural (or no) soaps, consider bucketing your cooled water into the garden.

4. Wash your car near or on top of your garden and grass. Go for the more traditional bucket and sponge approach, which can use up to 8 times less water, according to Bigger Green Switch and the water and natural washing soap can green your lawn and water your plants.

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