Building an eco-friendly lawn

Written by Gene Caballero on September 29, 2014

We all love our lawns, and we love the environment. Did you know that you can use your lawn to make the environment a healthier place? There are several things that can be done, some of which don’t actually cost that much. In fact, as with so much to do with being eco-friendly, you can actually save money by putting in some great eco-friendly landscaping ideas.

Here are just a few that you can try:

  1. First, grass is wonderful in the yard but according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the cost of maintenance over 20 years of a lawn’s lifespan is seven times the cost of maintenance of native prairie. The biggest reason for this is that you have to mow the lawn, which puts carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and you water it, which takes water away from the environment. To save costs, you could look at synthetic turf in your yard instead.
  2. You can reduce your lawn space as well, reducing the cost of mowing it and watering it. You can replace your lawn with a patio, low-impact walkway or low-maintenance plants.
  3. When you are looking to build a fence or a deck in your yard, give some thought to buying certified wood. This is wood that has the Forest Stewardship Council approval. It means that the wood was not treated with chemicals and that it was harvested in an eco-friendly way.
  4. You can re-use a lot of material in your yard for a landscape design. Old barrels make great flower pots. You can also use recycled tires that are converted into walkways. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
  5. Always look for plants that are low-maintenance. If you choose plants that are drought-resistant, you will save a lot of money on water and you will save a lot of time on maintenance. You can find ornamental grasses, tulips, marigolds and more. Clover is a great way to help a lawn since it grows easily and is resistant to insects. It also chokes out weeds, which means no need to use any sort of pesticide or weed killers.
  6. Think about where to place trees to help save energy in the home. If you put a large tree outside the southside of the house, you can save money on your cooling bill as your house will be in the shade in the summer.

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