There are lots of great ways you can make your yard more eco-friendly, from reducing your carbon footprint to making your yard a haven for wildlife and pollinators. You can start small and work your way to larger changes gradually. Some things are easy to change, like swapping out pesticides with alternatives, while others take longer (such as landscaping).
Home composting or a Compost pickup service helps is constructive use of your biodegradable food scraps and yard waste, such as leaves or garden plants. It is easy to set up a bin and care for it, and soon enough you will have rich soil that you can return to your yard. Keep in mind that seeds that are composted may sprout! For example, pumpkin seeds, or tomato seeds. composting weeds that may spread their seeds in the compost.
Go chemical free
A wonderful way to go eco-friendly in your yard is to eliminate the use of chemicals. Replace products like weed killers and other pesticides with natural products. While this may take some adjusting, it is well worth the effort. There are many products out there that are available, from corn gluten that suppresses weeds, to DIY solutions for pests (such as soapy water).
Plant native species
It is important to support your local ecosystem with local plants. Check your local nursery for native species. These native plants will use less water, as they are adapted specifically for your climate, and will attract pollinators and other wildlife
Use water carefully
Water strategically so that you can minimize your water use. This could be early or late watering, during the cooler portions of the day. For automatic sprinkler systems, you could get a rain sensor or control your sprinkler system remotely, turning it off if there is rain. You can also implement a rainwater collection system, such as a rain barrel.
Reduce grass lawn
Less grass means less watering, less pesticides and fertilizers, and less energy spent on mowing. You can easily replace grass with landscaping, perennial beds, or even rocks. There are so many great alternatives to grass, from beautiful perennial beds to vegetable gardens.
Use electric tools
Do away with lawn tools that require gas, and switch over to electric. These machines are usually much quieter, and you don’t have to put up with the smell of burning fuel. From electric mowers to rechargeable hedge trimmers, this is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint, and also have a better experience tending to your lawn.
Go organic when you can, from planting vegetables to buying fertilizer. If you have a vegetable garden, you may want to prioritize making this the most organic part of your yard. This way, you can ensure that the veggies that you grow are organic.
Make your yard wildlife friendly
Aside from everything above, there are lots of great things you can do to your yard to attract wildlife and pollinators. Find a variety of local plant species that flower at different points in the season to attract pollinators. Create a source of water, like a pond or bird baths. You can also feed the birds using bird food or hummingbird feeders.
I will keep these in mind. We do use electric tools! They are much easier I find. We also don’t overwater.
We have a wonderful pollinator garden. Now I want to work on getting birds in our yard. I need to get some feeders.
I prefer ecofriendly yard and I can say that it’s not hard at all to realize it!
I love planting native species! I also water in the morning so that the sun doesn’t dry out the water before it permeates the soil.
I prefer an eco-friendly yard. These are some easy ways to make it eco-friendly. I’d be happy to try them.
I couldn’t agree more with reducing the grass lawn, it’s such a wasteful plant by means of resources put in to make it uniform and typically it isn’t a native grass species.
Thank you for sharing these amazing tips for an ec friendly lawn. Some of these tips I do use. Mostly I water in the evening time so that the soil does not dry out.
Wow! What a really great and amazing tips you have here! I could use these tips and also share this with others!
I love using rain barrels and compost in my garden. Great results.
Great tips! We do try to be greener at home, but we don’t have a yard so best use our knowledge to be green within the four walls of our home. 🙂
Those are great tips for an ecofriendly yard. i agree it should be organic and chemical free!