Creating a lovely lawn and possibly a garden for your home makes it more attractive and enjoyable for residents and guests alike. Even the neighbors will appreciate a well-kept yard. Perhaps somewhat counter intuitively, yards can be a strain on the environment, especially if it fights against the local climate. Keeping your outdoor areas environmentally friendly can have a significant impact on your carbon footprint. Using tips like the following, you make a beautiful garden and help your local ecosystem thrive.
Use natural materials like wood and stone for lawn organization and garden design. Avoid substances like plastic or steel that not only are often less aesthetically appealing but also leave a larger carbon footprint. Build fences, borders, and accents with materials that will naturally decompose over time rather than manmade supplies that will end up in the landfill eventually. You can even reuse décor from inside that maybe has suffered from a bit of wear and tear. If you have any outdoor lighting, use environmentally friendly bulbs like LED.
Eco-Friendly Yard Products
Instead of harsh chemicals found in certain kinds of artificial soil or turf as well as herbicides and weed killers, look for the type that do not harm the environment and are made of safe materials. You may want to try making your own homemade products from natural sources, like fertilizers. You can even make a compost pile in your yard or make your own mulch from yard clippings. Some people use vinegar to kill weeds but check directions before trying it on your own. Additionally, you might consider re-landscaping your yard with local flora. Such a landscape will help make care easier and prevent water waste.
There are humane ways of catching pests and rodents instead of using poisonous products or traps that prolong their suffering. Some companies sell safe, nontoxic items instead of the more harmful kind, so ask for these when you shop for pest control products. You can find examples on the Web of how to make your own from natural substances, and most are cheap as well as easy to make. For example, a container of water with a balanced addition of dish soap and sugar can trap certain insects naturally. Look for environmentally friendly options for repelling or trapping unwanted pests. Additionally, consider ways that you can design your yard to accommodate local flora or let them move around/through your yard. This would help protect your yard and local animals.
Responsible Water Use
Maintaining a beautiful lawn and garden require routine garden maintenance that includes regular watering. Use a water hose that channels water in an eco-conscious way to make every drop count. Replace leaky or damaged hoses and fix a dripping or broken outdoor faucet to keep from wasting water. Use water at the appropriate times; watering during the heat of the day often leads to evaporation, which means the lawn and garden areas do not get adequate moisture. Conserve water usage for your lawn by following municipal guidelines during summer’s hottest days. The aforementioned tip of tailoring your yard/garden to the local climate can help you save water as well, even cutting your sprinkler use dramatically.
Protecting the environment while caring for your yard is not difficult, and it will make you a more responsible resident and citizen. Switching to natural yard products, replacing grass with local flora and fauna, and reducing your water usage can help reduce your carbon footprint. Try adopting the methods so you can to keep your lawn and the earth as healthy as possible. Having a garden is a means of cultivating your relationship to the natural world. Make sure you do so responsibility.