sustainable backyard

Create A Sustainable Backyard

Creating a sustainable backyard or garden is extremely necessary in today’s day. With the rate trees are being cut down, forests are being cleared a natural ecosystem existing in everyone’s backyard will only help Mother Nature in countless ways. Of course, it is not going to act as a substitute but it will surely help.

Here’s our perspective of a few ideas you could use to create a self sustaining landscape in your own yard.

Plant trees

This is the most obvious of them all. To begin sustainable landscaping, you need to start planting trees in your backyard or garden. Planting trees helps to store carbon from the atmosphere into the soil. Trees can also cool your home in summer and let in the winter sun.

Compost

Avoid throwing away dried leaves or any other type of natural waste. Green garden waste and food scraps should go into the soil and not the landfills where waste is dumped. Live by the motto ‘The less green garden waste and food scraps going into landfill, the better’. This way, you get to use the compost in your sustainable garden.

Be responsible

Think very carefully before you reach for that bug spray or synthetic fertilizer! So many good, sustainable alternatives exist — use your compost to help feed your plants, and get worms and insects working for you. The objective of self sustaining landscape can only work when you encourage nature to work the way it does.

Plant native trees/plants

Plants that are indigenous to your region are called natives. These plants take less work, usually require less water, and thrive better than other perennials because they are already suited to your climate, rainfall, and soil types. Plants native to your region grow faster because they are accustomed to the climate, soil and all such factors that are important for the growth of vegetation. Additionally, native plant species provide food and shelter for the native insect and bird populations.

Choose carefully what you plant

Planting trees is necessary but along with that, you need to be aware of the amount of water plants are going to need for proper growth. Having a less thirsty garden is an important element of sustainability, especially in areas where water is scarce and restricted. Xeriscaping, the method of gardening and landscaping that reduces the need for watering, incorporates a wide variety of attractive drought-tolerant shrubs and perennials. To collect water from Mother Nature, install a rain barrel at the base of one or more downspouts.

Developing a self sustaining landscape takes a lot of hardwork but the end result is worth all the time spent. Gather all the information (regarding the different types of gardens) you need to plan a sustainable garden, and go about it smartly. If you need to, hire the services of a professional.

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