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Creating a Manageable yet Environmentally Friendly Yards

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Having an eco friendly front and back yard is all about working closely with nature, rather than working against it. It means embracing gardening techniques that do not harm the environment but, in fact, have many benefits, such as improved water quality, better wildlife habitats and a safer environment for everyone to be in.

No matter what size your garden is, you can make a big difference. If you are thinking of going greener in your backyard, here’s how:

Composting

This is something that is often overlooked. However, creating your own compost is a great way to keep your garden eco-friendly because it enables you to discard any organic food waste and allow your plants to enjoy nutritious soil.

A lot can be produced from compost such as tea, coffee, paper and leaves. Spend a short time researching how composting works before you get started.

Grow some of your own food

One of the most delicious ways to make your garden eco friendly by growing your own food. Growing your own fruit and veggies will lower the need for grocery shopping, will ensure everything is organic and reduce your carbon footprint a little in the process.

High quality paving stones

It’s important to keep a green mindset to everything you do with your outdoor space, regardless of whether or not the impact is obvious. When it comes to driveway paving, for example, investing in a quality built-to-last product will ensure that you avid regular updates and improvements to this part of your yard.

Save with solar lighting

Night lights can make for a beautiful backyard in the dark and you should make yours solar powered so they capture the energy source given to us by Mother Nature. With so many styles and sizes it will be easy for you to find some that will suit your space. Just pop them in a sunny spot and wait til it gets dark.

Decorate using recycled materials

Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean you have to abandon your dream seating area in the backyard, it just means you should be aware of the materials you are using in your main features.

Consider using sustainable materials such as bamboo, recycled wood and natural stone for decking, patios and fencing. Or, upcycle used patio furniture to save your money on buying something brand new. This also reduces waste and gives you the chance to be creative and save money too.

Harvest rainwater

Adding a rain barrel to your yard is an inexpensive and effortless way for you to capture water. Whether it’s for your lawn, plants, flowers, rinsing windows or washing cars you can use this in many ways and save on the amount you need to use from your taps. Pop a screen or lid on top to prevent insects, leaves and other things from falling inside.

With some creativity and the right mindset you can have an eco-friendly backyard paradise to enjoy and feel good about everytime your step outside.

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