Making Your Home Eco-Friendly Pt.2 Sustainable Outdoor Spaces
Wednesday Apr 20th, 2022
Last month’s blog focused on ways to make your home's interior eco-friendlier. Just in time for Spring in Alberta, this month’s blog looks at ways to make your outdoor spaces more sustainable. There are lots of easy and affordable ways to make your yard more “Green”.
Lush, green grass makes the front yard the envy of the neighbourhood. But maintaining that lawn in an eco-friendly manner can be challenging. Here are a few tips to keep your lawn looking good and decrease your environmental footprint:
- Water early in the morning (4 am to 9 am)
- Water for roughly half an hour, ½ inch of water, 3 days a week for a total of 1-1 ½ inches per week
- Cut grass to the proper length for the season
- Skip the chemical fertilizer
Skip the Grass Altogether
Incorporating eco-friendly design into your outdoor spaces not only helps the environment, but it provides a beautiful, inviting yard that is simple to maintain.
- Water-wise gardening, using native plants that are better adapted to your area
- Add mulch around flower beds and tree bases to help keep the moisture in the soil
- Low or no maintenance yards
- Plant ground cover
- Plant an herb garden
More Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Outdoor Space
- Solar-powered lights
- Add awnings to your windows
- Eco-friendly roofing
- Add trees
- Hard landscaping such as patios, pathways, and walkways
- Biodiverse yards – native trees, shrubs, flowering plants, ornamental grasses, and herbs
- Install a rain barrel
Reducing your carbon footprint while still maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor space is as easy as following just a few of these tips. Eco-friendly landscaping is great for the environment, and it can save you time & money. Happy yardscaping!