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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

save water, poop paper, dead yard

this hot dry weather brings out the need to conserve our
the lakes are low and many cities are rationing the water

ways to save water
-use aerators on faucet heads-they make cut your water usage
from that faucet by 50%
-use shower heads with reduced flow
we added these on our showers that also have a shut off
switch which saves a lot of  water
-can do navy showers
-look for leaky faucets or toilets and replace or fix them
-use low water flush toilets or dual flush or practice-if it yellows
let it mellow if its .......
-wash full loads of laundry
-if buying a new washing machine consider getting one with a
side opening as they usually use less water per load
-fill the dishwasher full before running it and scrape the dishes
well before washing them
-dont run the water when brushing your teeth or shaving
-water your yard thoroughly but only as needed or why not
get rid of some of that grass
(first thing i did when we moved in our house was to kill off
all the saint augustine grass by covering it with black plastic and
replacing it with mulch and landscaping using native plants)
-use drip irrigation where possible
-collect rainwater from your roof (if we ever get rain again)

there is a company that makes paper from poo
they use elephant dung and mix it with banana leaves
they can make 25 pages with one dump
now thats recycling

their website is www.poopoopaper.com

if part of your yard has died form this heat and drought
use this opportunity to get rid of that grass permanently
why not add a raised square foot garden or do a raised
bed of native plants that are xeric and can almost survive
the drought without watering it at all

one of the toughest plants in my landscape that i never water
is the esperanza or yellow bell
it is a perennial native plant that is green with nice yellow
flowers right now
zexmenia is another one that is standing out in my landscape
again its has not been watered at all
of course there is always the agaves or cacti
no water no fertilizer little pests trouble free plants

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. I agree doc...I would like more zero water plants and a rock garden.