The eco-chic homeowner recognizes the importance of environmentally friendly options in their own backyard. Here are some tips to help you create an eco-friendly outdoor space:
Repurpose and Recycle
Look for products made of recycled materials such as garden furniture, accessories, an awning, gazebo or pergola. Many of today’s outdoor fabrics contain recycled materials perfect to add finishing touches to your garden. The garden is the perfect place to incorporate hidden gems you pick up at garage sales and flea markets. Think outside the flower box and begin using your imagination to repurpose common household items and other great finds to infuse creative touches to your garden. Recycling items such as ladder back chairs to create charming lattice work for your rose bushes or breaking old pretty pots and china to create an interesting mosaic path are perfect examples of how you can recycle and repurpose everyday items.
Plant more trees and fast growing shrubs in order to create an inviting, shady space to lower the temperature both indoors and out. Use an awning on south facing windows to help keep your home cool as well. A retractable awning can be used when the sun is beating down on your deck or patio and retracted when it is shady. The more shade cast on your home and property the less energy you will use.
Technology provides many options to keep your lawn and garden watered perfectly without waste. You can always depend on a simple irrigation system on a timer. However there are now sensors you can place in your yard that check local data from weather forecasts, historical weather data and other factors based on real time weather to come up with the exact watering schedule ideal for your garden.
Smart planting is based on placing certain flowers and plants in the same flowerbeds based on the amount of sun and water they require. This will make your watering schedule more efficient and assist with your water saving efforts.
Waste from fruit and vegetables, eggshells, tea bags and coffee grounds make a rich compost to keep your garden lush and green. It creates a fertilizer rich in nutrients, not filled with chemicals.
Adding eco-friendly options to your backyard will reduce energy and water wastage while providing a comfortable outdoor living space to enjoy.