If you want to go green, you should adapt every aspect of your lifestyle and, indeed, your household to being environmentally conscious. While it sounds ludicrous to suggest that backyards can be turned eco-friendly, house owners can really make an effort when it comes to economizing energy consumption and footprint in their private open space. If you want to tackle such a project, here are seven tips for an eco-friendly backyard.
Native plants all the way
You might have dreamed of a backyard filled with floral curiosities from different corners of the world. Well, if you want a green backyard, think again – if plant life is not adapted to the climate you live in, it might require more water, more tending, and too much attention. Then again, if you go with native plant life for your backyard, it’s already adapted to the climate, the soil is a perfect fit and it’s generally resistant to local illnesses and pests.
Keep it shady
If you live in the corner of the world where sunrays tend to become particularly merciless during the summer months, you need to rethink your shading. In fact, since the general global climate trend veers towards heating up, there are more lawns scorched by the sun than ever before. The most ideal option is to have your backyard protected from the sun by big, lush trees. If your treetops are not developed enough yet, consider modular awnings, retractable covers, as well as stable and reliable carports.
Cover your walls with shrubbery
Proper shading is not the only eco-friendly function of lush shrubbery and treetops. They can also serve as an additional layer of sound and temperature insulation for your house. You can plant thick shrubbery or trees that grow more than 10 feet upwards all around the house and see the effects yourself. The plants will not only make your exterior appear more homely and idyllic, they will conceal your house from prying eyes and intrigued ears. This is basically what green walls are all about.
Xeriscaping is all about water preservation, or in other words, it is about making sure your plant life survives the drought. Since the climate is more volatile than ever before, some unpleasant surprises are to be expected and preparations for disaster need to be considered. By creating an eco-friendly backyard according to xeriscaping standards, you will make sure its visual integrity stays untouched even if the heatwave threatens to destroy it. One of the best examples of basic xeriscaping is grouping your backyard plants according to the irrigation needs – i.e. plants that require the same or similar amount of water should be grouped in different corners of the backyard.
Use synthetic grass, but be smart about it
Synthetic grass may sound like the peak of kitsch to some, but it is a visual life-saver for others. We all have that one corner of the yard – the one where grass simply refuses to take. It may be due to too much sun exposure, or quite the opposite, it can also be because people (or animals) walk across that patch of land too frequently. No matter what the case is, using synthetic grass to cover this region might be the best idea – after a singular purchase, you won’t have to waste water or constantly purchase grass all the time. It’s a good money and energy saver.
Sprinklers save water
Contrary to popular belief, sprinklers actually save water – especially the newer models. If your backyard needs a lot of irrigation, this is a much better option than hoses. Sprinklers waste less and they have better coverage. You can even program the newer models to spray in specific intervals. This extensive water control makes the entire arrangement even more eco-friendly.
Maintain your backyard by using the old ways
Gasoline leaks and carbon emissions – these are actually the hallmarks of many mechanized tools we use to maintain backyards. While, for example, an electric lawnmower is a better option, it still uses a lot of electricity, which makes the old reel lawnmowers even more enticing for green use. Keep your grass 3 inches tall at most, and do the mowing more frequently in order to save time and energy.
Pollution is a clear and challenging issue that cannot be solved by a mere flick of one’s finger. It needs to be addressed through every aspect of our life and the living space that surrounds us. If you have embraced green living and changed your lifestyle, it’s very likely that you still have a backyard that needs some tweaking.