Exterior Home Maintenance

There is so much we can do to improve our health.  Did you know that the way we design and maintain our yards affect our health outcomes?   The environment is just another word for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil from which we eat.

lighting best practice outside
from http://www.cescos.fau.edu


Find out more about outdoor lighting best practices here: http://www.darksky.org/lighting/lighting-basics/.

Use the tips on this page to address light pollution from a neighbor: http://www.darksky.org/lighting/my-neighbors-lighting/.

  • Pavement / Ice
  • Pest Control – Beyond Pesticide websiteif you have a pest problem outside or on the lawn, such as ticks, chiggers, poison ivy, squirrels, wasps, and even more ‘pests’ like apple or pear scab, dandelions, etc, visit the where you can search for least toxic solutions for managing the pest.
    • “There’s a Lonicera species — a honeysuckle — that reduces mosquito egg-laying wherever it grows. The mosquitoes that it discourages happen to carry dengue fever and a number of other viruses that cause encephalitis — inflammation of the brain. And it turns out that the plant is also a treatment for inflammation in the central nervous system.” – Stephen Buhner
    • Make a non-toxic trap.
  • Noise – if your lawn area isn’t too large, consider using a motor-less lawn mower.  Noise pollution is a huge issue and detracts from the peacefulness of the neighborhood.  Avoid the temptation to use leaf blowers.  Accept a little messy in your life, or employ a broom.  It is nature, after all.