Plant a TreePlanting a tree is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. When people plant trees they are doing more than just beautifying an area. Trees are beneficial to the environment in numerous ways. They help produce oxygen and filter out pollutants to clean the air. In addition, trees also help preserve water levels in the soil. Planting a tree in one’s own yard is the obvious solution when it comes to where to plant. Fruit and shade trees are a good choice when deciding the type of trees to plant. Fruit trees have the bonus of eventually bearing fruit, and as a result providing food for the family, neighbors, and friends. When planted in the right location, shade trees can help keep a home cool and reduce energy costs. For people who do not have a yard that can support a tree, there are other ways to plant a tree in celebration of Earth Day. Many local areas have initiatives in place that call for volunteers to participate in tree planting.
Start a GardenA garden doesn’t have to be a complex undertaking and it is a great way for families to spend time together on Earth Day. Whether it is a vegetable or flower garden, there are multiple benefits to planting a garden in one’s yard. When planting a vegetable garden, people are able to enjoy foods that are grown right from their own patio or yard, cutting out the middle man and reducing the carbon footprint made by delivery trucks and trips to grocery stores for food. Even people who live in apartments can start a small garden on their patios using recycled barrels, containers or even window boxes. If starting a garden at one’s apartment or home isn’t a possibility, most cities have community gardens where people with a genuine interest in gardening may consider renting a plot or becoming a member. When gardening, avoid practices that could be harmful to the environment, such as using chemical pesticides.
Clean up LitterLitter is an eyesore on the environment and can end up in the water supply, becoming a health and environmental hazard. By picking up litter, people can prevent environmental contamination, the potential poisoning of wild animals, and also ensure that recyclable items are properly taken care of. Removing litter also removes potentially flammable items that could contribute to wildfires. The removal of litter is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. While it is possible to do so by oneself, litter removal will have a greater impact if it is a group undertaking. A family can work together to clean litter from their neighborhood, or a person can set up a group outing for neighbors, church members or other people in the community to clean up the litter in local parks or other areas. Volunteer opportunities may also be available to clean up the litter in certain communities.
Spring CleanupEarth Day is the ideal time to start spring cleaning and it is an activity that the whole family can join in on. While most people associate spring cleaning with indoor cleaning, one’s outdoor environment also needs cleanup assistance following the winter months. Things such as fallen leaves and broken branches can hinder the growth of plants as well as one’s lawn, in addition to being less than visually appealing. Remove leaves and debris from gutters with a gloved hand. A rake may be used to remove leaves and dead grass from the yard and from flower or garden beds. Excessive whole leaves can mold or smother a lawn and promote certain types of disease. In addition, other items, such as pine cones, should be removed from the grass. Dead and broken branches on trees and flowering plants should also be removed to ensure that new blossoms and leaves are able to grow. Cut back overgrown plants and shrubs. If desired, give them a heavy pruning; however, first talk with a nursery professional to determine how much pruning is safe for the type of shrub in question. Leaves, grass, and twigs are great for creating compost, while things such as pine cones can be given new life when used in craft projects
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