Saturday, April 6, 2013
Want your grass to be greener? Here are some tips from the professionals and a list of local resources to help your lawn grow without harmful chemicals.
If you want to have a lawn that is easier to take care of, safe to play on and beautiful to look at, then follow these tips from the pros this spring. Ditch The Chemicals Since 1994 Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual and founder of SafeLawns, has helped homeowners get beautiful lawns without harmful chemicals. Tukey became a leader in the natural lawn care industry after becoming sick himself from excessive exposure to pesticides. Tukey says in addition to keeping pets and children safer, “organic lawn care also conserves resources, saves money and ultimately saves time.” Start with the Soil Your first step to a beautiful lawn is a soil test, says Tukey. “Get a soil test and check the most important three factors: Organic …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hey neighbors: It's always a good time to save energy. We've got five easy things you can do to conserve and save money on your electric bill, but we need your ideas too. Please share your best tips in the comments.
Allyson Schmutter, spokesperson for the national nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, offers these five tips for saving energy and money: 1. Unplug All Those Devices: Believe it or not, many devices still consume energy even when turned off. The typical culprits are televisions and cable boxes, or anything that stays lit with an LED or standby light even when turned off. Schmutter says those devices can suck a month’s worth of electricity from your home each year. 2. Change Your Bulbs: If you haven't already switched your incandescent bulbs out for more energy-efficient options, now's the time to do it. You'll save 75 percent by switching to CFL bulbs. Not sold on CFLs? Take a look at this light bulb checklist for more ideas. The Home …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The district was named the most environmentally-friendly school district of its size in Georgia by the Green Ribbon Schools Program.
For the Cherokee County School District, it is easy being green. The district has been named the Georgia Green Ribbon Schools Program winner for the state's medium-sized school districts. Each state picked one winner from their small, medium, and large districts. The three criteria for a Green Ribbon school district are: Although CCSD was not chosen to move on to the national competition, the district still has much to be proud of. "The Cherokee County School District thinks 'green' in all aspects of our operations," said spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby. "Environmental awareness leads not only to facilities and practices that are better for the health of students, staff and natural resources, but also that are more energy efficient and …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in Holly Springs and Hickory Flat.
We're looking for all the great ways Holly Springs and Hickory Flat natives are working to preserve and protect the Earth. From composting to creative recycling, we want to hear what you do to minimize your carbon footprint, reduce waste, and just live a greener lifestyle. So, tell us Woodstock: how do you go green? What do you do to contribute to a environmentally friendly living? Please tell us in the comments below or upload a picture! Keep up with Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Patch news by subscribing to our newsletters and following us on Twitter and Facebook!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
If your New Year's resolution was to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.
If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013: