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Keeping your Backyard Eco Friendly

by Ragini Salampure
Keeping your Backyard Eco Friendly

For purely selfish reasons, we should try our best to be eco-friendly. After all, this is our world and a world we will eventually leave to our children and grandchildren; consequently, it is our responsibility to do the best we can during our stay here to ensure we look after it to the best of our ability. The icing on the cake is that being eco-friendly is not only good for the planet and your soul; it can also be good for your bottom line. And although the world is our home on a macrocosmic level, our houses are our homes on a microcosmic scale; therefore, it is logical to start at home when looking to become more eco-friendly.

There are so many things we can do in our backyard to make it more eco-friendly. Water is a diminishing resource all around the world. And whereas I will not be brave enough to venture an opinion as to why, it is not inconceivable that in the future wars will be fought over water just as they have been fought over oil. Rain Barrels accumulate the rain water and can be later on for further uses, such as washing your car, watering your plants outdoors and indoors. Rain water is much better for plants rather than tap water.

Even though we love the look and feel of lawn in our backyard, do you really need so much of it? Replace some of your lawn or, at the very least, replace your inefficient and wasteful sprinklers with drip lines that conserve water. And remember, less water equates to lower utilities bills.

Be organic! Use a fertilizer with and organic label. Apart from it being much more eco-friendly, if you are growing fruit and vegetables, it’s also much healthier.  Growing your own fruit and vegetables is also a good money saver, especially if you are buying organic ones.

The sun is a natural resource just begging to be used. Solar powered outdoor lighting is cheap as well as being quick and easy to install. The electricity bill, or lack thereof, from running these lights is also a nice bonus. If you don’t have the area on your roof or the financial resources to run your house on solar panels, there is no excuse for not running your garden lighting on solar.

Your backyard in the spring and summer months is a haven, a place to entertain or just chill out. It can be your little touch of the country in the city. Consequently, it should be furnished to reflect this. Rattan furniture is attractive, hardy, and practical. It gives your backyard a rustic feel. It comes from the pine tree and is native to Asia, Africa, and Australasia. Palm trees grow very quickly meaning that the supply of rattan is quickly replenished, not to mention all that benefits trees bring to the environment. Also, you can add sunloungers too, rest loungers can add style to your garden and here you can see all sunloungers online.

Becoming eco-friendly should not be an option, it should be at the forefront of our thoughts – for ourselves and our future generations.

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