Everyone dreams of having a little piece of heaven in their own backyard. A little space for tranquillity and thought, or somewhere to entertain and spend those endless summer days and evenings.
So if you’re hoping to upgrade your outdoor space, then you might want to consider doing it, the green way. Taking the time to consider the impact on the environment is a great starting point for anyone who wants to transform their backyard, but doesn’t want it to cost the Earth. So if you’re hoping to help the environment in your search for your perfect little oasis, then here are a few tips about how you can do this, in an eco-friendly manner.
“Taking the time to consider the impact
on the environment is a great starting
point for anyone who wants to
transform their backyard.”
Turn your pond into an eco-friendly paradise
If you’re lucky enough to have a pond in your backyard, then there are plenty of options to keep it eco-friendly. From chemical free water treatments, to eco-friendly pond liners, the possibilities are endless.
It’s always important to inform visitors of your pond in order to keep them safe. With bold and striking signage, this can easily be achieved. Companies such as smartsign can provide you with inspiration.
Use water optimally
Using water optimally in your backyard is a great way to help your environment. For this, develop a water-conscious design which will be good for both your budget and the environment. You can grow plants as per their water needs.
Plants that need a lot of water can be grouped in one zone. Plants which do not need much water will be grouped in another zone. Alternatively, you can create a rainwater harvesting system. The traditional way is to divert rain water from usual runoff spots into an above-ground barrel.
Lighting is a great way to add to the aesthetics of your backyard. Go for solar-powered deck lights, spotlights and path lights. These are easy to find and are available in different styles and sizes. They don’t require wires or extension cords and save energy.
Composting cuts down on waste creating natural fertilisers for the yard which are chemical-free. It is a great way to use kitchen leftovers and keep them out of the landfills. This reduces dependency on chemical fertilizers enriching the soil with the said nutrients.
Give some thought to your materials
For the patio, you can go for eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, natural stone, recycled wood and metal. Try to reuse some of the old furniture. Use spray paint to give a fresh look to old furniture. Also, you can opt for recycled items to decorate your backyard. This includes recycled plastic, repurposed wood and unique items such as patio chairs made from old skis. You could also go for mosaics made out of broken tiles and pieces of glass.
The ideas don’t stop here! There are lots of different ways that your garden can become a haven for you, your family and even wildlife. The possibilities are truly endless.
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