If replacing your lawn just isn’t possible – you can still reduce the amount of water and mowing it requires – check out https://www.prairienursery.com/resources-guides/no-mow-resources/. Their seed can be used on existing lawns and can (over the course of a few years) significantly reduce water usage and frequent mowing. There are also several varieties of native sod available that look and feel like a “regular” lawn but only use ½ the amount of water and can be mowed substantially less frequently. Native Bent Grass is a great one!
You can make your own drain opener by pouring half a cup each of baking soda and vinegar into the drain. Let stand for 30 minutes and then flush with boiling water.
Here in the Bay Area we can grow our own vegetables all year round. September is a good time to plant your cool-season garden. For ideas and planting times, check out the Master Gardeners planting calendar: http://mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu/garden-help/vegetables/vegetable-planting-chart/
According to the Sierra Club, most baby wipes take centuries to biodegrade. Switch to reusable washcloths to save money and the planet.
Don’t rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. According to squidoo.com, not only will you save time – you will save 15 gallons of water per load.
If your kids are on their way back to school, help make the endeavor as green as possible. Buy notebooks and paper supplies made from recycled paper, refillable pens and water-based paints. Go to www.ecomall.com for recommendations on what to buy and what to avoid.