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Three Easy Ideas For Sustainable Outdoor Design

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A fluctuating economy and a heightened awareness of the need to save our planet have prompted houseowners to make practical and enjoyable use of their outdoor spaces with designs that are environment friendly and low maintenance. This is confirmed in a 2013 survey of Americans by the American Society of Landscape Architects which showed that 93 to 94.4 percent of houseowners preferred garden/landscaped areas and low maintenance landscapes in their residences.

Use eco-friendly outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lights at night can be decorative and functional. They illuminate your front and backyard to prevent accidents and discourage robbers.

LED and solar lights are not harmful to the environment. They don’t use up a lot of electricity, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. LED lights are low wattage, have a longer life span and brighter lighting. Solar lights are powered by the sun at daytime to give light at night.

There are stylish designs for porch and patio lights, and landscape lighting fixtures.

Shift to a low maintenance lawn.

A low maintenance lawn does not need the help of insecticides to keep it weed- and insect-free. Here’s how to do it:

Keep your soil healthy by maintaining a pH of 6.5 – 7.0, which is the ideal for a slightly acidic soil.

Choose turf grass best suited to your locality. It will be easier to tend. Ask a gardener which type of grass is best for your area.

Water deeply but don’t overdo it. An inch of water once a week keeps the grass healthy. First, water half an inch and wait an hour before watering the second half. Do it early the morning to reduce evaporation.

Mow regularly but don’t keep it too short. Keep your lawn mower in good condition. Change worn blades and tires as needed. Dixie chopper tires can be purchased online or in physical stores.

Grow a kitchen garden.

A kitchen garden promotes a sustainable and organic way of living as well as adds beauty to the exterior of the house. It gives you a fresh supply of fruits, herbs and vegetables at no cost and the plants

Choose an area that gets sunshine, has good drainage and a great view from inside the house and outdoors.

Opt for raised beds to plant your herbs and vegetables in. Raised beds shield the plants from gophers and other animals, allow you to choose fertile soil, improve drainage, and protect your back from too much bending.

Choose plants that get along well side by side and plants that keep off insects and pests. Do your research or ask the local garden store about it.

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