Green is the color most of us think when talking about being out. It reminds us of trees, plants, and a beautiful lawn. Yet, you’d be surprised by how ‘ungreen’ the outdoor spaces in our homes actually are. Keeping that lush lawn and those pretty flowers comes with a high price for the environment – and that has come to an end!
With the right improvements, you can have an eye-catching and ecofriendly landscape. You just have to keep these 4 essential aspects in mind!
1 – Be mindful about the turf
We all love the sight of a fantastically green landscape stretching as far as the eye can see and as lustrous as a golf course but having one usually means a high water usage to keep it that way. So, if you’re truly considering to go green, you definitely have to think of ways to replace or limit it. Some people prefer artificial turf, others like to create paths and parkways, or some replant the whole turf with drought-adapted grass varieties. The idea is simple – you have to make some changes to cut the amount of water you need for a big lawn.
2 – Keep the roots moist
The turf isn’t the only thing wasting our precious water – many plants that you can find in tons of homes in California also use up a lot. The most obvious solution is to replace them with drought-tolerant options that go with your home’s style. But that’s not all you can do. Minimizing the paved areas and keeping them far from the plants, or mulching the area around them are great ways to keep the moisture in their roots and the need to water them to a minimum. Additionally, you should use wood chips, gravel, pebble coverings or porous materials to keep a high humidity in the soil.
3 – Mind your garden’s design
Make the most out of your garden’s layout and the surroundings. Plants and trees can give you shade and protect you from harsh weather, reducing the your heating and cooling bills. Besides, that same shade can help you cut your water usage too! Consider planting trees for more than just their shade. Pines, oaks, and cypresses are amazing at cutting the wind chills and they even support your insulation by providing a buffer and protective zone around them. Combining plants and diverse materials around your home can provide a lot of benefits environmentally speaking, so you should really plan before planting away.
4 – Don’t forget about the lighting!
When thinking about sustainable patios, it’s easy to forget that not everything is about water and shade. So, remember this – don’t overlook the lights! You can achieve a great outdoor atmosphere with LED lights and even make the most out of the solar-powered options in the market. Use them wisely and study their position. By doing that, you’ll maximize the visibility of your landscape, provide accents to the right details and keep the amount of lights you need to turn on at night.
Though these are the basics ways to a sustainable patio, there are more alternatives. So, our suggestion is simple – start here and keep going!
Posted August 17, 2016
by Gabriel Posternak.