Kristen, who has partnered with Neutrogena Naturals' Jump In. Jump Out. Join In. campaign, is encouraging others to cut their shower time in order to reduce water consumption. "A long shower or bath is something that a lot of people take for granted, and it really isn't good for your skin," Kristen says. And while she acknowledges showers and baths are a great way to destress, there's no doubling up in the Bell household. "I just make sure I don't take both a shower and a bath in the same day," she adds. Kristen has plenty more tips for how you can make a difference, not just in saving water, but for the environment, too. Keep reading to see her eco-friendly advice.
Water is a limited and precious resource that we often take for granted. From leaving our sprinklers on too long to forgetting to fix leaky faucets, our homes can use a huge amount of water unnecessarily. When I asked you about ways to save water, you responded with some smart and innovative answers on our Facebook page. Take a look at some of the great water-saving ideas from fellow CasaSugar readers.
Instead of relying on water, try adding a layer of mulch instead. Just two inches of clean straw, composted leaves, wood chips, or even seaweed will prevent precious moisture from evaporating too quickly.
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Before you plant your flowers, place a small pot in the middle of the hanging basket. Make sure this pot has a drainage hole, so you don't get a too-soggy hanging basket. After you place the small pot in the middle of the basket, plant it as usual, with high-quality potting soil and flowers. Next time you water, the pot will hold more of the water, so you won't have to water your hanging basket as frequently.
Love the look of a nicely cut lawn, but hate to mow it? Try this quick tip. You can still get a tidy look to your lawn, as well as reduce your lawn's water needs, by simply raising your lawnmower's blade level. Raise the blade so it will cut grass two to three inches or higher. Longer grass needs less water, since it shades the plants' roots, which in turn encourages deeper growth.
I'm going to have my first baby in August, and my mom wants to gift me a washer and a dryer to help me with all of the added laundry. I'm really grateful, but I'm not sure where to start looking. I know that I want something that's Energy Star rated, can be separated or stackable, and has a good warranty. Since my house is pretty small, I'd also like to have something that's not that big. Any ideas?
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If you're committed to living a greener lifestyle, but aren't quite ready to say goodbye to your grassy backyard, there's good news. There are definitely ways that you can keep your grassy expanse without feeling eco guilt. Perhaps the best alternative I've found is Eco-Lawn. This grass was developed to grow in a variety of conditions, including full sun, part shade, and deep shade. It also requires no fertilizers, and is highly drought-tolerant. I'm going to be testing some seed out soon, so I'll report back on how well it grows at my house, but given the number of rave reviews from customers, I'm fairly certain I'll like what I see.
A five-pound bag of Eco-Lawn ($32.95) covers 1,000 square feet of space. Once the grass is established, it features a deep green color and an even growing pattern, without clumping. Since Eco-Lawn's grasses have thin blades, water loss is reduced in hot weather, and their deep roots allow the grasses to access ground water, which means you have to water less. And since Eco-Lawn's blades grow at a slow rate, mowing is said to be reduced by 50 percent as well.
However, my favorite part about Eco-Lawn (besides its amazing eco qualities, of course), is the gorgeous lush look of the lawn. It reminds me somewhat of Zoysia Tenuifolia, or Korean grass, when it's not mowed.
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