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!
1. Plant a tree. Trees provide us with clean air. Planting a tree is really easy. This tutorial will help you through the process.
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
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!