Changing Seasons, Changing Habits

Leaves on trees will start changing colors. Mornings will develop a brisk chill. The holiday spirit will soon fill the air. Keep an eye out, for these are the signs that fall has arrived. September 22nd was officially the first day of fall, and although we Southern Californians know that summer often extends through September and into October, autumn will be here before we know it!

To prepare for the changes that come with the new season, here are some changes YOU can make in your garden to turn over a new leaf and protect our local environment.  

  1. Did you know? Leaves can be harmful to marine life when hosed off into the gutter and city streets. What’s the solution? Sweep up and dispose of fallen leaves in your green bin or even better, compost those fallen leaves. LA Sanitation can get you started with a free composting workshop. They also sell discounted compost bins to Los Angeles residents.
  2. Did you know? Fertilizers contain nutrients that run off into our waterways and can lead to toxic algae blooms. Instead, choose organic, slow-release fertilizers made of natural materials.
  3. Did you know? Gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers emit dangerous carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and hydrocarbons. Hand-powered or electric tools are a much more Earth-friendly choice, and they still get the job done.
  4. Did you know? Rainwater from rain gutters and downspouts is a wasted resource when it is allowed to flow into local creeks and rivers. Instead, harvest rainwater and send this extra water to your yard. An easy way to do this is by installing rain barrels. The Metropolitan Water District makes it even easier by offering rebates on residential rain barrels purchases.

So, let yourself fall into these new Earth-friendly practices. The changing of the seasons is the perfect time to change a few old habits and, perhaps, adopt a few new ones.


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