Xeriscaping is a landscape designing technique of creating a yard that requires little water. Xeriscaping takes advantage of native and drought hardy plants, along with hardscaping and decorative elements to create an attractive display that requires minimal maintenance.
The practice is most popular in arid and semiarid climates, where watering restrictions are common but can be practiced in any area.
It’s easy to see the appeal of xeriscaping. From lowering monthly water bills and less maintenance to helping out the environment, it definitely has its perks. If you are contemplating converting your lawn to a xeriscaped space, here are a few tips to get you started on the right path.
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When was the last time you reevaluated your lawncare tactics and outdoor plant choices? A low-maintenance landscaping mindset will not only make it more affordable to help your yard blossom this Spring, but also makes it easier and more environmentally friendly. Ultimately, certain plants that don’t require a lot of water can help the planet and lower your utility bill.
Customize your plant selection to be eco-friendly and you’ll save yourself both time and effort while benefitting mother nature in the process. Check out some of the tips and plant recommendations mentioned below to conserve water and create an eco-friendly environment.
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With lower maintenance and a higher playability than grass, artificial turf has become an increasingly popular feature in parks, playgrounds and schools around the world. However, in recent years there have been growing concerns about the detrimental effect that these synthetic surfaces may be having on children’s health, causing many parents to question how safe it is. So, exactly how safe is artificial grass, and should we be letting our kids play on it?
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by Becky Striepe
There’s a common misconception that a vegan diet is also an expensive one, but I don’t think that has to be the case at all! Sure, if you eat lots of fake meat products and load up your cart with out of season veggies, a vegan diet can definitely break the bank. If an omnivore ate nothing bit filet mignon and fancy cheeses, that would get pretty expensive too, right?
The keys to stocking a vegan pantry without maxing out your food budget is pretty simple: eat real food, and cook from scratch when you can. Does that seem easier said than done? Don’t fret! Here are some tips and tricks for eating a healthy, vegan diet without spending too much money or giving up too much precious free time.
1. Cook from Scratch
Cooking from scratch probably sounds time-consuming, but with a bit of planning it’s very easy to work this into your schedule. Pre-processing your food can go a long way. I don’t mean canning, though. I mean soaking beans and chopping veggies. When you get home from the store, cut up your veggies before you put them away in the fridge. If you know you want to make a bean dish, soak the beans overnight to speed up cooking time. It’s so much easier to make a meal after a long day when some of the prepwork is already done.