Over the last decade people have been more and more aware of his or her environmental footprint. We are all trying to be conscious of green habits we can add into our daily lives to sustain our environment; but did you know there are many ways to be green within the green space of your own yard?
While you may already be putting your yard to good use with greenery and other aesthetically pleasing features, there are many potential environmentally harmful practices that go into maintaining these features. From unnecessary water usage, to pesticide use, to extensive use of mechanical equipment, and overall waste generation, there are many things you can avoid doing, and healthy practices that can be used to keep your yard beautiful while helping to sustain the environment.
Here are some tips you can use to have an environmentally friendly yard:
1. Use locally native plants. Plants that are native to your region are more likely to naturally survive in the weather conditions where you live. These plants will require less maintenance, which will make your gardening routine easier, and help to reduce the use of our natural resources.
2. Generate your own compost for fertilizer use. To master gardeners and landscapers, compost is fertilizing gold. Not only is it good for the environment but it is also great for your plants! It improves the fertility of your soil and has a lot of nutrients that make your garden healthier.
3. Use trees to help with your heating and cooling. There are several techniques using trees and plants that can help reduce the energy you use for heating and cooling. Deciduous trees are able to save you energy in the summer by shading your house, and cooling the air when water evaporates from the trees’ leaves. Evergreen trees are good for slowing down cold winds directed at your home in the winter. If you choose to plant trees for these purposes remember that location is everything.
4. Irrigate your yard with rainwater. Rainwater irrigation is a highly effective way to reduce water usage; it also saves you time. Rainwater is healthier for your plants as it does not contain salt or chlorine, which dehydrates your garden. By putting your rainfall runoff to good use you will be able to save time and money, all while helping the environment.
5. Use organic or homemade pesticides and herbicides. We know that chemical pesticides and herbicides are harmful to the environment but they are harmful to people as well. Especially dangerous to pets and children, chemicals are not necessary to remove infestations; organic methods are just as effective.
6. Reduce the amount of lawn space in your yard. A smaller lawn does not mean a smaller yard. By reducing the amount of grass and implementing flowerbeds, paved patios, shrubbery, or rock gardens, you can decrease your water usage by a substantial amount.
7. Use EnviroSAND or EnviroSTONE products for your jointing sand needs. EnviroSAND and EnviroSTONE are designed for the joints between paving stones and flagstones. The products are made of 100% naturally occurring materials. Instead of using chemicals like other stabilizing sand products, EnviroSAND and EnviroSTONE are made from a plant glue that resists washouts and nuisance weed growth.
All of these tips can actually save you time and money, which means it literally pays to have an environmentally friendly yard. While all tips listed above are helpful to the environment, they are also beneficial to humans too! By doing these things you are not only decreasing your environmental footprint, but you are also providing a safer and healthier environment for you and your family.