Turf grass can be beautiful, but it requires water, fertilizer and chemicals. If your HOA allows it, convert your turf grass to a no mow lawn or sedge. These options are used by nature and require almost no maintenance. Fewer chemicals in the water runoff help improve water quality. Save money, time and help your environment. You will see more bird and butterfly species.
Research your region's native trees and plants. Request that your HOA encourage members to plant only native plant species. HOA common areas can be re-planted with native species only. Common area turf grass can be replaced so there is no mowing expense and no chemical application. Consider organizing invasive removal days for your neighborhood. You can meet your neighbors and help them improve their environment. You are at your best when helping others.
Solar panels have come a long way and they can improve property values if your HOA allows them, including those that face the street. Save money and help your environment with solar, geothermal or other non-carbon energy sources.
Many HOAs require homeowners keep a post and/or house light on, but there is no evidence that shows this practice reduces crime...it does cost money and carbon though. If you must have lights on at night, try solar powered lights.
Legislation and policies that encourage non-carbon energy sources and environmentally friendly planting
Any new developments can be required by city code or building permit to retain an area of native plants. Enough of these native areas will add up to a huge positive impact on our environment, and connected native plantings areas offer a safe corridor for wildlife movement.
Think of all the mowing and planting expense your tax dollars support. Contact your government to request that they switch to native plants and no-mow/native areas. Your home values go up if you live in a city/state that is recognized as environmentally friendly.
Our future starts today. Ask your legislators to encourage non-carbon energy sources, and native planting only. Use your vote to elect those who will help the environment while encouraging new business in these areas. While some policies may force business to adapt, this is a good thing. Nature rewards those who adapt best.