1. Use coffee grounds as fertilizer

a. Coffee grounds contain high amounts of nitrogen which plants need in order to create proteins. You can make a kid and pet-friendly fertilizer for your home by mixing ½ cup of coffee grounds with one gallon of water, allowing it to sit for 24 hours, and then pouring the mixture over your plants. Your tulips and roses will thank you for the food, and you won’t have to spend money on expensive and harsh chemical fertilizers! (Source: Premidatated Leftovers)

Coffee Grounds

2. Use environmentally sustainable tools and gloves

a. Throughout the gardening season, your hands get a workout and can get pretty beaten up. Gardening gloves are a great way to protect your hands, and with bambeco.com, you can save the environment too. Their gardening gloves are made to last and are 50% recycled post-consumer waste.

Organic gloves

3. Make homemade birdfeeders

a. Buying expensive plastic and metal birdfeeders might bring the animals to your yard, but ultimately are non-renewable. For a fun activity for you and the kids, consider going old school and making a pine cone bird feeder. Simply roll the pine cone in peanut butter and then dip it in oats, seeds, or dried fruit. Live in an area without pine cones? Hollow out a piece of fruit and fill that with seeds to hang. The possibilities for your sustainable feeder are endless! (Source: Amber Dusick)

Homemade bird feeders

4. Use solar lighting when possible

a. Your yard is a goldmine for solar lighting! Why bother installing electric lights and getting tangled in the cords when you could use equally beautiful solar lights? You can find these lights everywhere, from The Home Depot to your local hardware store, and they are popular so they come in a variety of styles. (Source: Home Depot)

Solar Lighting

5. Use a Natural De-Icer instead of Rock Salt in the winters

a. Your yard shouldn’t stop looking beautiful in the winter! When the snow falls, what’s most important is that your walkways and driveway aren’t slippery. However, rock salts that are traditionally used as de-icers can be toxic to the environment, damage vegetation, and in some cases even affect drinking water. Instead, a more natural alternative is Nature’s Aid “Liquid De-Icer,” a natural product made from calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. It is 100% recycled, and has residue that can last up to 5 days—much longer than rock salt! (Source: Sagamore Comapnies)

Nature's Aid Liquid De-Icer

6. Conserve water

a. Everyone wants a lush and green lawn garden, but you don’t have to waste water in order to get it. Now, Soaker Hoses slowly release water into the ground, much more efficient than sprinkler systems. Although they aren’t the prettiest, they can be covered with mulch and hidden with ease. There are also many products available on the market to collect water at the base of flowerpots for reuse. (Source: Lowes)

Conserve Water

7. Use organic mulch and topsoil

a. Organic mulch and topsoil normally contains high amounts of recycled compost, which not only cuts down on waste, but also feeds your flowers. For example, Sagamore Companies makes a Sweet Peet mulch that is 100% recycled compost from local farming. They also make a Pro-Garden Mix topsoil which is full of organic matter. Your plants will thrive as they feed off the natural nutrients you give them by using composted mulch and topsoil. (Source: Sagamore Companies)

Organic Mulch and Topsoil