April is a very environmentally focused month, with both Earth Day and Arbor Day falling in this segment of the calendar. In fact they're falling within the same week; Earth Day is the 22nd and Arbor Day is the 24th. With these "holidays" focusing our minds on the natural world and our gardens really kicking into action, this is therefore a great opportunity to make a conscientious effort to do something beneficial for the world at large. It doesn't have to be something grand or elaborate. Hey, installing an entire geothermal heat-exchanger would be fabulous, but I know that's not exactly in my budget right now!
No, an act of environmental consideration can be as simple as trying to reduce your water usage, being diligent about turning off some lights (remember Earth Hour? That can be an hour each night), or planting a tree. Try including a few native perennials in your garden if there aren't any there already. You'll be amazed at how many bees and butterflies take up residence in your garden as they feast on their evolutionary colleagues.
Most importantly, let's remember that even though April trumpets environmental awareness with Earth Day and Arbor Day, we need to maintain that awareness every month, "holidays" or not. Let's try to establish some good habits this month and carry them through the year. I plan to continually muse about steps I can take to help the ol' blue marble, and I hope you'll do the same!
For more musing, see Carolyn at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.