Gardening Tips Blog

“Green” Gardening Tips

Hi Friends!

Now that school is out for the summer, I know that many of you will be spending lots of time outside. Personally, this is my favorite time of year because I love spending time outdoors. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening with my family. We plant trees whenever we have a chance and water all of our plants only when necessary (that helps save water!), which keeps them nice and healthy. Plants are important for the environment and provide clean air for us to breathe. As you may know, there are many “green” gardening tips and Earth-friendly ways to help Spare The Air in your neighborhood, and around your home and garden. Here are some of the ways my family and I help Spare The Air!

  • Plant a tree. Trees provide us with clean air. Planting a tree is really easy. This tutorial will help you through the process.

  • Start a compost pile. Compost is made when you take kitchen scraps, such as leftover fruits and vegetables you don’t finish from your meals, and put them in a pile or compost container in your yard. It then becomes nutrient-rich food for your soil and can be a great way to help your garden grow naturally! 
  • Water smartly. When you water your plants, try to be as efficient as possible. Water your plants and garden during the coolest part of the day, so most of the water has a chance to soak into the ground before it evaporates. Focus on each individual plant and give it a nice soak around the base. This will help the roots grow stronger – plus, more efficient watering means more water conservation, and that helps our planet too!
  • Avoid using oil-based pesticides. If you’re currently using these chemicals, replace them with a water-based solution because it will contribute less to smog than an oil-based pesticide.
  • Use electric instead of gas-powered tools. Switch to an electric mower or weed-whacker to help prevent pollution in the air. You’ll be making a positive impact on the environment and the air quality in your community.

Scooter Mo Lawn

For more air quality information, check out my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region. For help downloading the app, click here to watch a short video.

You can also check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next.

Remember, CLEAN AIR IS UP TO US!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Sophia AQI chart

The AQI Chart

Hi Friends,

My name is Sophia and I’m Scooter’s friend. I’m excited to finally meet you all. Now that Spare The Air season is here, Scooter and I want to help you understand our most important tool that helps you know when air pollution is especially bad, and when you should avoid any strenuous outdoor activities. This tool is called the Air Quality Index, or AQI for short.

The AQI has six categories:

Hazardous is 301 to 500. The entire population is more likely to experience serious health effects and should avoid all outdoor exertion.

Very Unhealthy is 201 to 300. Everyone may experience more serious health effects and should avoid all outdoor exertion.

Unhealthy is 151 to 200. Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects and should limit prolonged outdoor exertion. Members of the sensitive groups should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion.

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups is 101 to 150. People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk and should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

Moderate is 51 to 100. People who have a unique sensitivity to air pollution should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.

Good is 0 to 50. No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. When the AQI is at this level, it means you can do a happy dance! You can play outside all day without having to worry about air pollution. My and Scooter’s favorite days are when the AQI chart is in the GREEN range!

On a Spare The Air day, it’s up to us to remind our parents of ways to help reduce air pollution, such as reducing their driving (or not driving at all), carpooling or taking public transit. People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk and should limit outdoor activities.

For more air quality information, browse my website. And, don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region: http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/videos/%E2%80%8E.

You can also check Scooter’s calendar to see where he will be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Sophia