The air is warm, beaches are crowded, road trips are underway, and school is out. This could only mean one thing: summer is finally here! Summer is the perfect time to educate your kids about making environmentally conscious decisions and you can start right in your own backyard. Here are some ideas to help you get your backyard for plenty of eco-friendly fun in the sun.
Nothing says summer like the smell of cut grass. While you want a lush, thick, green lawn, maintaining one isn’t the most environmentally friendly summer project. You can’t avoid using the water needed to keep your grass alive and green but you can make your yard maintenance more eco-friendly by investing in a good old-fashioned push lawnmower. Mowing your grass with a push mower can be quite satisfying. It’s quieter, doesn’t require any gasoline, and it will leave your grass clippings on the ground as mulch to help retain soil moisture and promote the grass’s health. You’ll even save money when you don’t have to buy fuel and you’ll get some extra exercise while mowing your lawn.
You can make your yard extra eco-friendly by researching plants, shrubs, and flowers that don’t require as much water to grow to help limit how much water you use to maintain your gardens. With plants like succulents, cacti, and native plants to your area you can still have a beautiful garden while reducing your carbon footprint and promoting better air quality. To make your garden even more environmentally friendly, plant fruits and vegetables to provide your family with food you know wasn’t grown with chemicals and didn’t travel far to reach your dinner plates.
If you have the space for it, you could even start a compost pile and you and your family can learn the benefits of composting together. You’ll reduce your home’s waste that is sent to landfills and create a perfect and rich soil to use in your gardens.
If you plan on holding barbeques and picnics in your yard for family and friends, be sure to stock on either reusable, recyclable, or at least fully biodegradable supplies like cups, plates, silverware, napkins, and bowls. To help keep the kids cool on those hot summer days, look into using a low-flow hose so they can still run through the sprinklers while using less water.
If you want a backyard water feature to create a beautiful, relaxing focal point of your yard, a nice addition to your garden bed, or complete the ambiance of your oasis, you have tons of choices. A more eco-friendly (and more budget friendly!) option is a fountain. Fountains require less water and power to run and maintain, plus they don’t need to be cleaned often since the water moves. There are several different styles of fountains available from bubble pots to wall fountains so you’ll definitely be able to find a style that fits in perfectly with your yard’s design.
Don’t forget to stock up on plenty of organic sunscreen and snacks to keep you and your family fed and safe from the sun’s rays. Have a good summer!