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Most of us look forward to the end of winter. What is there not to look forward to? Spring is the season of picnics, playing ball outside, and warmer weather. It also heralds the time to begin working in our yards. We all care about our immediate environment, and we wish to make it look beautiful. Even our health depends upon living in clean, green surroundings, so what we do in our gardens affects all aspects of our lives. Isn’t it great that a garden can have a significant impact on our environment as well?
This means that along with recycling our junk responsibly and managing the amount of household waste that we generate, we can have an influence on our surroundings by filling our outdoor spaces with a variety of plants.
Once the weather starts to improve and there is no snow in the weather forecast, homeowners and gardeners alike know that the time is right to begin preparing their yards for spring and summer. The yard waste that results from cutting back and pruning need to be disposed of. This is where a professional yard waste removal company such as Little Green Junk can assist.
Planting a garden can have an impact on our environment. So even if your reasons for gardening may initially be to improve your home’s curb appeal, or to supply your family with fresh vegetables and herbs, you are actually benefiting the environment when you plant a garden. No matter how large or small your garden is, and even if your garden area only consists of a few containers, it is worthwhile planting a range of plants, herbs, flowers, and even small trees.
How Do Gardens Help the Environment?
Plants assist our environment in many ways, and they make our surroundings beautiful at the same time. It is a way of using an activity (gardening) that many people are passionate about, to improve the quality of our soil, air, and water.
They Clean the Air and the SoilPlants clean the air through the process of photosynthesis which is how they make their food. The leaves absorb carbon dioxide which is exhaled by humans. This is one of the gases that cause climate change, but plants need it to make their food. Oxygen is released into the air during this process. They also remove chemicals and bacteria that float around in the air. This is why plants are vital to our well-being.
They clean up the soil by not only absorbing water through their root systems but also chemicals and heavy metals that have found their way into our groundwater.
They Create an Ecosystem for Insects and BirdsChoosing certain types of plants for your garden is a way of inviting birds, butterflies, bees, and insects into your space. Landscaping with native plants is especially beneficial to attracting the insects such as ladybirds, mantes, and other beetles that feed on the insects that you don’t want.
Attracting birds to your garden is a way of getting rid of different pests that invade your garden and lawn as they feed on them. Encourage birds by placing feeders and bird baths for them. Birdhouses placed in the right spots will encourage them to nest in your garden.
They Help Reduce Your Carbon FootprintBy growing your own vegetables, herbs, and fruit you are guaranteed fresh produce that is superior in quality to store-bought ones. Commercial farming has an impact on the environment through the chemicals they use. The product needs to be transported far distances to reach the markets, and this also has an impact on the environment. The products you buy will not be as fresh as the ones that you pick out of your garden either.
They Prevent Soil ErosionThe roots of a plant bind the soil together and prevent it from being washed away by the rain. Topsoil, which contains most of the nutrients that our plants need, is the most likely to wash away, so losing this soil through erosion can affect the growth of our plants. An established garden where the plants have a strong root system will therefore prevent this.
They Make Your Home More Energy EfficientWith the rising cost of fuel we use for heating and cooling our homes, anything that can help contain these is welcome. Incorporating a few well-positioned trees into your landscape design can help save up to 25 percent of these costs.
A strategically placed shade tree will cool the roof of your home during the hot weather. This will reduce the time that your air conditioner has to run thus cutting your energy demand.
To reduce your heating costs in winter, plant some strong trees to protect your house from the freezing winter winds.
A well-maintained garden is not only good for your mental health but can also provide a home to your local birds, butterflies, and insects. These also play a crucial role in supporting a healthy green environment. Try to grow plants and trees that are native to your area because they will withstand the climatic conditions better and will require less maintenance as well. Choose plants that grow well together to encourage biodiversity.
How Little Green Junk Can Assist
Taking care of our gardens is essential if we want to enjoy our outdoor areas. This is an ongoing task during the summer months and the amount of yard waste that is generated from pruning shrubs, mowing lawns, and removing weeds can be overwhelming.
Instead of trying to get rid of this yard waste yourself, why not give Little Green Junk a call? We are a professional junk removal company that will dispose of not only your yard waste but any other type of household waste that you need to be removed.
We arrive on time and with minimal disruption to your life, we load up and remove any waste from your yard. We even clean up the area after ourselves.
We take the well-being of our environment seriously and we recycle where we can, even with regard to the compostable material we remove. You can rest assured that your impact on the planet has been minimized.
Please call us today at 717 467 0070 when you need a quote for your yard waste removal when you undertake any cleaning project in your house or yard.