Outdoors

Who doesn’t want their yard to be a welcoming oasis? Still, for the majority of homeowners in the U.S., that means manicured grounds of the greenest grass. In our efforts to get that perfectly pruned look, homeowners in the U.S. are having a significant negative impact on the environment. Consider this: 30 to 60 percent of urban fresh water is used on lawns and as much as 50 percent of it is wasted due to inefficient irrigation methods. Homeowners use 10 times the amount of pesticides and fertilizers per acre on their lawns as farmers do on crops. Again, the majority is wasted due to inappropriate timing and application. Plus, the runoff of these chemicals becomes a major source of water pollution. One final startling fact? Each year more than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled during the refilling of lawn and garden equipment—more than the oil that the Exxon Valdez spilled in the Gulf of Alaska.

Make your outdoor oasis more eco-friendly by considering more sustainable ground covering (like xeriscaping), weighing the possibilities of things like rainwater catchment systems and rainwater gardens, and using water-efficient irrigation techniques. Top it all off with a patio made from permeable pavers and a deck built from reclaimed wood. Maybe consider a natural swimming pond as part of your eco friendly landscaping, too!

Stylish And Eco-Friendly Cottages You Can’t Miss

Stylish And Eco-Friendly Cottages You Can’t Miss

From a cob cottage in British Columbia to an electricity-free estate in the English countryside, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite eco-friendly cottages that will help you travel responsibly and sustainably all year long.

10 Easy, Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

10 Easy, Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

The developing water shortage crisis in the U.S. has prompted many homeowners to turn to eco-friendly and low-maintenance lawn alternatives. And there are plenty of options—everything from clover and moss to ornamental grasses and flower beds, all sharing eco-friendliness as a common denominator.

Growing Your Own Food Is Like Creating Magic

Growing Your Own Food Is Like Creating Magic

With the climate crisis at hand, growing your own food is not just a lifestyle. It’s a life-affirming journey that puts us in touch with the planet in the most delicious ways. Unearth a universe of earthly delights right in your own backyard and create your own sustenance. Zucchinis, squash, lettuce, raspberries, pollinating flowers—the options are ever blossoming.

Removing Your Garden Waste This Way Helps The Environment

Removing Your Garden Waste This Way Helps The Environment

About 10.5 million tons of yard waste went to U.S. landfills in 2018. Composting that waste not only saves it from going to the landfill, but also it can then be used as fertilizer to keep your garden growing, eliminating the need for harmful chemical fertilizers. Read on for more about composting and other tips on how to be eco-friendly when removing waste from your garden.

Home Resilience: Protecting Your Home from Wildfires

Home Resilience: Protecting Your Home from Wildfires

Deadly fire has become more severe and almost commonplace the last few years in the US and is only expected to increase in frequency with climate change. Currently, 45 million homes are at risk of being affected by a wildfire. Here are building and landscaping tips to protect your home.

Sustainable Landscaping Using the SITES Framework

Sustainable Landscaping Using the SITES Framework

SITES is the culmination of years of research and development by leading professionals in the fields of soil, water, vegetation, materials and human health. By providing performance measures rather than prescribing practices, SITES supports the unique conditions of each site, encouraging project teams to be flexible and creative as they develop beautiful, functional and regenerative landscapes.

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