5 Ways to Be Green This Spring

March 20, 2014

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  • On this first day of spring, use these five, simple, easy tips to green your life starting today and for the rest of the year.

Spring has arrived—finally—and here are five tips on how you can live green.

1. Go Native

Get rid of some of your lawn, and replace it with native plants, shrubs and trees. They often need less water, tolerate hot, dry summers, and offer food for wildlife.

2. Buy gently used furniture

You save a lot of green by buying gently used furniture, clothes and toys—and by reusing them, you’ll also help keep them from ending up in a landfill.

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3. Shop locally

Fairfax’s farmer’s market will open in May. Locally produced food travels less distance from farm to table. This means that less polluting fossil fuels are burned to bring you fresh produce, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Don’t fertilize your lawn in the spring—and use natural weed killers

If you don’t need to fertilize your lawn, don’t—and don’t fertilize in the spring if you have cool-season grass, like tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.

Feeding your lawn at the wrong time of year can actually hurt your grass in the long run. Fertilizer runoff harms our creeks, streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

5. Sack plastic bags—take a reusable bag to the grocery store

Plastic bags can kill marine life, and they’ve been found floating north of the Arctic Circle. Most bags are made from oil and natural gas too. And, they can take 500 to 1,000 years to decompose, says the EPA.

Plastic bag in a stream

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