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Plan a Magical Eco-Friendly Backyard for the Spring

Sustainable living should not stop in your home. Your backyard is another area where you can maximize environment-friendly practices. Here are different ways on how you can achieve an eco-friendly backyard:

Create an Oasis for Local Wildlife

Add birdbaths and feeders to your backyard to attract a variety of birds. Add some DIY birdhouses so they have a place to stay too.  Get plans for eight upcycled bird houses made from materials you already have here.  Butterflies and bees are some of the most important animals on the planet. They are essential for pollinating crops and home veggie gardens. Here’s a full tutorial on how to make your garden bee friendly.

Practice Green Renovation

If there is a need for you to renovate, use only green and sustainable materials. For example, you can use reclaimed wood to enhance the look and functionality of your backyard deck.

Mow Low

Sometimes it is best to allow your lawn to grow a few inches more during the warmer months. This way, your grass can tolerate dry conditions better. Plus, allowing it to grow taller lets the roots run deeper, which lessens the presence of pests, reducing the need for chemicals. You also don’t have to use your lawnmower as much, further reducing your carbon footprint.

Use Reclaimed Water Solutions

One of the significant drawbacks of maintaining a gorgeous lawn is water. Install reclaimed water solutions instead. Make sure that your drainage system can collect rainwater, which you can use to water your lawn.

Water at early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense. Avoid watering at night as this can cause fungal disease. Make sure to water near the base of the plant, careful not to wet the leaves. Aside from preventing fungal infections, you also save water by concentrating the flow of water to the roots.

Make Natural Soil for Landscaping

Save money on fertilizer by creating a compost pile from your food scraps, which keeps your soil nutrient-rich.

Use Energy-Efficient Lighting

If you have lighting in your backyard, you can either use LED lighting, which effectively reduces your energy consumption by at least 30% per bulb or you can install solar lighting.

Choose Eco-Friendly Backyard Furniture

If you want your backyard to have leisure areas like a patio with garden furniture, make sure to get pieces that are sustainable and eco-friendly. Consider getting a bench from a second-hand store and give it a new look instead of buying a new one. If you need to buy a patio cover, cityseamlesspatiocovers.com, has tons of options that you can choose from.

With the growing concern for climate change, ensure that you are doing your part in helping the environment by incorporating green living practices into our daily lives. Lucky for you, the backyard is one of the areas where you can let the magic happen in a sustainable way.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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