Over the last few decades we have become much more aware of how our own economical footprints effect the climate of the entire world. With warnings about the speed and destruction of climate change, which is already happening around the globe, many of us have decided to make a change and become more eco-friendly. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint, here are three eco-friendly ideas you can implement for your backyard.
Water is an expensive household amenity, and vital for watering your plants and garden to keep them healthy and alive. The water you use in your backyard doesn’t have to come directly from the hose pipe. Try having a go at recycling rainwater to water your plants. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate system to recycle rainwater, things as simple as leaving a bucket out during a downpour will do the job. Not only is rainwater absolutely free, but it comes free of the chlorine and other additives put in our household water to make it safe to drink. If you’d like to invest in a more sustainable system to harvest rainwater check out these designs.
Make a Compost Pile
Switch using chemical fertilizers on your plants to using compost, it’s a great organic alternative which is both eco-friendly and safer for the air in your backyard. Using chemical fertilizers means creating a build up of nasty fumes over time which will surround the air in your garden. So to avoid this, start using homemade or shop bought compost. While shop bought compost is the easiest method to go with, homemade compost is far better, cheaper and will help to reduce your household waste. For advice on how to start making a compost pile, follow this guide.
Reduce Your Lawn Size
Grass is one of the biggest components of America’s back yards, and with its thirst for water and constant need to be mowed, grass is both expensive and bad for the climate. When mowing your lawn, you will be producing as much pollution as driving for up to 20 miles in a car. So not only is mowing your lawn a chore you don’t need but it also adds a considerable amount to your carbon footprint. Reduce your lawn by installing some granite to your back yard, find a company who offer eco-friendly and sustainable aggregates to reduce your carbon footprint by a considerable amount.
Creating an eco-friendly garden is a great way to start helping combat the issue of climate change around the world, as it’s only going to get worse. You’re guaranteed to be proud of your achievements but by making these simple changes you’re likely to save yourself a lot of money in the long run. Gardens can be costly to maintain so you’ll want to learn about all of the possible ways to save even the smallest amount as well as keeping your backyard looking as beautiful as ever.