Here are more simple ways to add green elements to your backyard
You don’t have to go off the grid to be green; there are relatively simple things you can do to aid the push to preserve the environment. (This blog is continued from Going Green in Your Outdoor Area.)
Rain Barrels. Invest in a rain barrel. Rain barrels can be as simple or as elaborate as you like; they can be subtle or an integral part of your outdoor décor. Rain barrels are used to collect and store rain water run-off, most typically from rooftops through gutter downspouts. Stored water can be used for watering flowers or gardens. You can purchase rain barrels with built in mosquito control, or get instructions for building one on the internet.
Solar Lighting. No, it isn’t as bright as those good ole incandescent bulbs and electricity, but solar lighting is also subtler and very attractive when incorporated into an outdoor living space. Everyone has seen the “torches” to line driveways and walkways, but solar lighting can be found in a variety of applications. You can purchase solar lamps that look just like indoor lamps. There are solar chandeliers to hang in an Outdoor Room, such as a Pergola. Solar lanterns, in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles are available to hang nearly anywhere. If you want to light a walkway but don’t like the torches from the hardware store, there are solar lamps disguised as rocks and even solar stepping stones.
Composting. We spend tons of money on chemicals and fertilizer, when there is a no cost, natural solution right at hand. Purchase a simple compost bin and start adding yard clippings, old newspapers, cardboard and egg cartons. Add fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and tea bags and you are well on your way to a sustainable fertilizer for the entire growing season.
Grow Your Own Food. You don’t have to have a huge plot of land to grow vegetables; they can be grown in pots and raised beds; you can hang them from poles and plant them in window boxes. There is nothing as wonderful as a home-grown tomato or a sprig of fresh basil from your own backyard.
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