Consumer Watch: Go green with your garden, keep green in your wallet

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHSA11) -- Spring has sprung - that means it's time to get outdoors and start thinking about your lawn and garden. Before you start digging you should think about a "green" plan that will be better for both the environment and your wallet.
 
Going green in your yard or garden isn't just good for the environment it can be good for your household budget, too.

Some of these tips from the experts at the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Gardening Association will not only help you go green, but keep some green in your wallet.
 

  • Start a compost pile: Food scraps can breakdown into an organic nutrient-rich matter that will turn ordinary soil into a gardener's dream. You won't need to buy as much fertilizer, cutting down on your costs and the chemicals you introduce into the environment.
  • Be a conscientious when you water: You don't want to drench your lawn and garden. Over-watering is not good for the plants and it's bad for your water bill. Water early in the morning to help prevent evaporation. Collecting rain water runoff or redirect downspouts into your garden or a retaining area to help save on your water bill.
  • Grow your own food: Homegrown fruits, veggies and herbs won't just save you money on your grocery bill. They will also cut down on your carbon footprint because you won't be buying goods that took a long gasoline-fueled trip to your local grocery store.
  • Make it a community project: Getting neighbors involved to beautify and landscape communal areas will make for a more pleasant living environment and could boost your home's curb appeal to prospective buyers.

So roll up your sleeves and grab a shovel - make this the year you earn your green thumb.

If you have a consumer tip send it to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

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