5 Green and Inexpensive Design Ideas for Your Backyard

inexpensive design ideasThese days, the environment is at the top of just about everyone’s list of concerns, and for very good reasons. It’s become pretty clear that we haven’t really done the best job when it comes to taking care of our planet. Sure, we’ve seen a lot of awesome technological developments over the course of the last several years, but we’ve also seen some serious damage done to our environment. As such, we’ve all become a little more environmentally-conscious, with individuals and corporations alike beginning to seriously look for more sustainable and eco-friendly ways to do the things that we need to do on a regular basis. If you’re looking to really “go green” around the house, there are definitely a lot of ways in which you can do it. Your backyard is one of the best places that you can incorporate environmental friendliness into your living space. We’ll talk about five ideas that will help you design a green backyard without spending too much money in the process.

1. Install a Drip Line System. A drip line system is very easy to install, and is a wonderfully environmentally-friendly alternative to your traditional sprinkler system. With regular sprinklers, a lot of water can wind up simply evaporating, especially if you live in a dry climate. It’s not the most efficient way to water your backyard. Install a drip line system, and not only will you be conserving water in a serious way, but you’ll be saving a ton on your water bill each month, as well.

2. Use a Little Less Lawn. Reduce the amount of lawn you’re working with in your backyard if you really want to go green. Your backyard space doesn’t have to be completely dominated by grass in order to look nice, and when you think about it, grass isn’t the most sustainable thing to grow. Your lawn requires a lot of water and maintenance, and if you live in a dry climate you’ll actually be way better off planting some more desert-oriented shrubbery that requires less water.

3. Plant Some Bee-Friendly Plants. You can actually save yourself a lot of trouble by planting things in your backyard that are friendly to insects like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These critters will help to naturally pollinate your gardens, and will add a very natural vibe to your backyard at the very same time.

4. Use Water Barrels. Water barrels are cool because they look great and are functional to boot. You can get any kind of barrel to add some serious design to your backyard, and then use it to collect rainwater for your gardening purposes. It’s way better for your garden than water from the hose, and the right barrels can add a serious touch of class to your backyard.

5. Plant a Vegetable Garden. You don’t need to go through the trouble of installing something like expensive water wall signs to have the most beautiful backyard imaginable. Plant yourself a gorgeous vegetable garden so that you can enjoy a backyard that not only looks beautiful but saves you money on your grocery bill each month, as well. With these strategies in mind, it’s easy to make sure your garden is eco-friendly and gorgeous at the same time.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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