image 1 (1)A yard or garden owner which has eco-friendly aspirations – values the soil, conserves materials, preserves existing plants, and treats water as a resource. You make your yard more green by minimizing both output of waste and input of resources. Having a sustainable landscape will reduce your expenses and the amount of yard maintenance, and is also good for the environment. These are some of the most common eco-friendly modifications and additions to your yard.

No-Mow Lawns?

Consider placing no-mow lawns. Mowing the lawn can be really boring, especially on a really hot day with high humidity. No-mow lawns (like low-level groundcovers (sweet alyssum, thyme and lavender) and hardscaping solutions (rock and desert scenes) will reduce maintaining efforts, insect diversity, and limit weed growth.

Fuel Emissions

Green lawn care equipment can really have a positive effect on your environment. Push the gas-powered lawn mower aside, and go electric or use manual tools. There are all sorts of battery-powered tools, such as trimmers, blowers, edgers, and mowers, snow blowers, leaf vacuums and chain saws, that will not pollute the environment. If you use gasoline tools, avoid spilling fuel when you refill the gas engine. Mow the lawn less frequently, because by keeping your grass 3 inches long keeps the soil cool and moisture.

Rainwater For Natural Irrigation

image 1Harvest and store rainwater for irrigation. Catch its flow from the downspouts and store it in drums or barrels for future use. You need an electric pump to create a water pressure for lawn irrigation, or place the barrels high and make an irrigation system that will take the advantage of gravity. Water your yard responsibly. Let the grass go into dormancy during summer heats. Water it occasionally, but make sure it is deep soaking, in order not to promote shallow root growth and reduce insect problems.

Mulch & Compost

Mulch while you mow (with a mulching blade added to your mower), bag clippings for disposal or create a compost. Composting is done for recycling organic material that is then spread into the soil for natural nutritional purposes. Also, instead of using toxic pesticides, try biopesticides. They are made from natural occurring elements and are environmentally friendly. If the grass was treated with herbicides, do not use clippings as mulch.

Shade Sails

Shade sails are a widely accepted as an eco-friendly alternative to concrete shade structures. They are also used for building farm sheds, animal sheds and car ports. Made of specially manufacture tension fabrics, they prevent harmful UV radiation, and keep the shaded cool. They do not have a negative impact on the environment, and are ideal for dry and hot climate. Depending on size and design, shade sail prices range from £25 to 300£, making them a very affordable and practical protector from sun’s heat.

Chemicals – Reduce & Avoid

Products such as herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers are toxic and negatively affect the environment – wildlife, air, and water. Before you start using them – test your soil, because perhaps there is no need for using them at all. Chemicals like phosphorous fertilizers and chemical nitrogen can easily run off from the soil into groundwater sources, so do not overfertilize you soil with it. Always put leaves and grass clippings on the soil, for natural ground nutrition. Fertilizers should be applied in spring and fall, with a quick fall fertilizing being most important for building grass’ reserves for spring growth.

When going more green with your yard, always remember the four “R”s – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Rebuy. Reduce the output of waste, recycle to save resources, reuse compost and tree and grass clippings (for mulch), and rebuy components and tools that are more beneficial and green than traditional ones.