Now is the time to undertake sustainable DIY projects

August 4, 2017

With summer winding down, homeowners may want to use the nice weather to start a few home improvement projects that will help them live a little "greener." Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to do so without breaking the bank.

Simple tricks like installing a rain barrel so your gutters collect rainwater for gardening or watering the lawn can go a long way - and save homeowners a bit of money in the process, according to Cool Choices. Along similar lines, it's relatively easy to start cultivating a garden with seeds and scraps from food that's being used anyway, such as onions, garlic, celery, and so on.

Other ideas
In addition, fun family crafting activities could include building birdhouses and bird feeders. While this won't necessarily lead to more sustainability, it can help fill a yard with bird songs and keep kids interested in the environment by attracting wildlife of all types to the home.

Homeowners may also be able to help make their yards more attractive with composting, which can be a nice green project for the home and doesn't take a lot of work to keep up with, according to Rodale's Organic Life. But when caring for a lawn, it's important to remember a critical misstep many make when mowing: cutting too short. Keeping grass about 3 inches long will help the lawn healthy and green all summer long.

Looking online for tips on how to do any amount of home DIY projects may help to unlock a green thumb or handyman's spirit many homeowners don't even know they have.