Have you always wanted a home that’s eco-friendly and sustainable? Many people don’t realize that they can make sustainable choices even in the backyard. Celebrate a belated Earth week with these four eco-friendly improvements to make your backyard more environmentally friendly!
Harvesting rainwater is a great way to utilize rain runoff from your roof to water your garden or lawn. Using rainwater will significantly reduce your water usage while adding a uniquely rustic look to your outdoor space. This 50 Gallon Rain Barrel is a stylish and durable option that withstands all weather conditions.
Make Landscaping Organic
Landscaping using organic materials is an easy change that you may not even notice. Organic mulches can suppress annual weeds and offer other significant benefits, such as organic matter, nutrients, moisture conservation, soil protection, and moderation of soil temperature. Grass clippings, wood chips, leaves, and shredded bark are a few soil options to ask your landscaper about!
Create a Compost Bin
Rather than throwing out old food, try out a compost bin. Compost is a mixture of decomposing plant and food waste that fertilizes and improves the soil. The resulting mix is rich in plant nutrients and beneficial organisms, such as worms and fungal mycelium. Composting reduces the need for chemical fertilizers while reducing methane emissions. Compost bins can be purchased or made DIY style.
Growing a garden that supports bees, butterflies, and other pollinators will help reverse the decline of many endangered species while helping to decompose waste and reduce the pest population naturally. Choose nectar and pollen-rich plants like wildflowers and old-fashioned varieties of flowers. A succession of blooming annuals, perennials, and shrubs is best, so nectar and pollen will be available throughout the growing season. Any size garden can attract and support pollinators, even a singular, low-maintenance planter box.
Making your home sustainable doesn’t always have to be complicated! Have more questions on how to make your current house sustainable? Contact us today!