The reason why so many people prefer a home with a backyard is due to the fact that this gives them a chance to have their own private oasis even in this era of steel, glass and concrete. The problem, however, lies in the fact that the majority focuses on the visuals instead of thinking about the essence of things. You see, in order for a place to be an oasis, it needs to be an untarnished area of nature. This means that going eco-friendly is paramount. Here are five tips on how to make your backyard truly green.
New lighting fixtures
The first thing you might want to change in your backyard in order to make it greener is to replace some of your old fixtures with some new ones. The way in which this works is quite simple – you need to go with LED in order to reduce the amount of power that your outdoor lighting system is spending. LED spends 1/4 to 1/8 of the power of an incandescent fixture in order to produce the same amount of light, which is just staggering. Moreover, these bulbs last substantially longer (25 to 50 times longer), which means that they also produce less waste.
Green materials when remodeling
When you decide to remodel your backyard, regardless of whether you plan to redo your patio or create a new construction (pagoda, shed, etc.), what you need to do is consider the type of material that you’re using in the process. Going green when choosing the materials will make your backyard into a sustainable haven, a true oasis of environmentalism. Also, when accessorizing, try to repurpose as many objects as you can that you would otherwise discard. With just a bit of work, you can use an old bucket or a broken jar to make a great planter for your landscaping efforts.
Provide some shade
Speaking of the backyard patio, you also need to provide some shade, and the eco-friendliest solution would obviously be to plant a tree. The problem is that it may take this tree between 15 and 20 years to fully mature. In the meantime, you have some alternatives to choose from. The simplest, most elegant and probably the greenest solution is to look for shade sails online and pick the shape and size that fits the area in question the best. This solution is much greener than a pagoda, due to the fact that it doesn’t require a full construction and it’s far more elegant than a parasol.
If you also have a garden, the simplest way to ensure that it’s eco-friendly is to start making your own compost and mulch. Composting is fairly easy and it allows you to make your home litter-free, seeing as how the majority of food leftovers (other than dairy and meat) can be turned into compost. As for the mulch, it’s an amazing idea to make your landscaping more efficient. Just make sure that you don’t use treated wood in the process. As for pest control, home-made solutions and companion planting are virtually all you need. All in all, making your gardening efforts eco-friendlier has never been easier.
Make a kids’ playground
The most important impact that you can have on nature is to teach your kids how to respect it. In order to do so, you must first give them a reason to put down their phones and tablets and go outside. Persuading, bribing and forcing them to play outside is nowhere near as effective as making an outstanding eco-friendly playground. A slide, a seesaw and a swing are all you need, just make sure that the materials that you’re using in the process are green enough.
In the end, the amount of time that you spend in your backyard may directly depend on how satisfied you are with the way it is. Therefore, start planning a place that you’ll want to spend your time in, a place where you’ll want to invite your friends and a place where all your family can come together.