7 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Backyard

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The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970 and the day became a worldwide holiday in 1990. Yesterday was World Earth Day 2018 so we wanted to put together a list of eco-friendly tips that will help you do your part in creating a “greener” Earth and backyard!

1. Invest in eco-friendly outdoor furniture.

If you’re in the market for some new backyard furniture, consider buying eco-friendly outdoor furniture.

Many furniture companies have become more environmentally conscious so when you are shopping for outdoor furniture, check to see if it was made by a certified sustainable company.

Teak wood furniture and acacia furniture tend to be more eco-friendly so consider these options while shopping for outdoor furniture. And don’t forget outdoor patio sets made from recycled materials such as aluminum or plastic.

You can also consider buying used patio furniture and “upcycling” it by improving the furniture’s look and making it your own - saving you money and adding an extra personal touch to your backyard.

2. Outdoor solar lights - earth friendly and less hassle.

Outdoor solar lights are not only eco-friendly options for your backyard and patio areas, but they can also make your green areas look more beautiful at night.

Outdoor solar lights do not require any wiring so they require less set up work upfront and can be put in any sunny spot.

Outdoor solar lights are now available in many styles to fit your outdoor landscaping decor and include solar-powered:

  • Path Lights
  • Spotlights
  • Deck Lights

Our designers love to accent the walkway to outdoor furniture or a backyard fire pit with path lighting.

3. Grow native plants to your region.

Native plants don’t only require less maintenance, but they will require less water and less pesticides in the long run. Since native plants are more accustomed to your geographical area’s growing conditions, they require less maintenance in general.

Your local nursery probably sells a wide variety of native plants that you can plant in your backyard and native plants make a fabulous backdrop to highlight furniture or scenary in any outdoor living environment.

Use the National Wildlife Federation’s Native Plant Finder to search for native plants for your backyard.

4. Attract pollinators - bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Choose plants that will attract the right kind of bugs and birds to your backyard. As you’ve probably heard, the population of many vital pollinators is on the decline. Native plants will help already help this, but you can also choose plants that will help by attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds by growing plants in a variety of flower colors.

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There are also specific plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Here are some examples:

Plants that attract bees include:

  • Mint
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sunflowers
  • Wild Roses
  • Cherry
  • Pear
  • Strawberry

Plants that attract butterflies include:

  • Milkweed
  • Oregano
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Marigolds
  • Fennel
  • Hollyhock
  • Butterfly Bush

Plants that attract hummingbirds include:

  • Cardinal Flower
  • Dahlia
  • Geranium
  • Iris
  • Lily
  • Petunia
  • Sage
  • Yucca

5. Eco-friendly watering schedule.

The ideal schedule to water your garden and plants to make the most of out the water you use is between 6am and 10am.

In the early morning, the air is cooler so not as much of the water will be lost due to evaporation due to the sunlight.

If you’re not an early riser, the second best time to do your watering is in the late afternoon.

6. Start composting - “Gardener’s Gold.”

Composting not only enriches your soil with much needed nutrients for a fruitful garden, but it also provides an eco-friendly solution to getting rid of some of your kitchen’s waste and minimizing the use of chemical fertilizers.

Composting, also known as “Gardener’s Gold,” also improves water retention, the texture of the soil and drainage.

A few examples of food waste that can be used for composting are:

  • Eggshells
  • Fruit Scraps
  • Vegetable Scraps
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Tea Bags
  • Dry Leaves
  • Untreated Grass Clippings
  • Shredded Newspaper

7. Use an eco-friendly outdoor fireplace.

Not only do outdoor fireplaces add an ambience, style and coziness to your backyard, there are eco-friendly and guilt-free options such as natural gas fire pits and bioethanol fire pit burners. Clean-burning ethanol is an eco-friendly alternative to wood burning fireplaces or fire pits and also allows for easy portability throughout your backyard.

By implementing these 7 eco-friendly tips for your backyard, you can do your part in conserving the Earth not just on Earth Day, but year round.

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