As you enjoy the summer months, here are some ways to create a comfortable, sustainable outdoor space you can appreciate all season long.
Use organic mulch to help reduce weeds and promote healthy soil. It might also save 25-50% in water usage.
Depending on the amount of rain that falls where you live, you may save up to 1,300 gallons of water by using a rain barrel during peak summer months.
Replace grass with artificial turf, stones, crushed gravel, ornamental grasses or perennial ground covers.
Select pollinator-friendly plants and bushes to attract butterflies and bees. Use organic weed prevention methods when possible.
Install a “smart” irrigation system and check parts often. A broken water head could lose up to 25,000 gallons of water in six months.
Trees offer shade, reduce stormwater runoff and serve as a natural habitat for birds and other wildlife.
- Hang small plants onto an old shutter or lean it against your house or deck.
- Display plants on the steps of an old ladder.
- Install a shelf onto a wall or windowsill to serve as a makeshift bar.
- Consider terra-cotta pots and outdoor floor tiles. The fired clay material is budget friendly and highly durable.
Want your entire home to be Eco-Friendly? Check out these additional Environmentally Savvy Tips for Your Home.
Sources: espoma.com/landscaping/apply-mulch-now-for-benefits-all-season, epa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/what-is-rainbarrel.pdf, epa.gov/watersense-current-summer-2020