There are many different ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and utilizing your backyard is a great way to make an even bigger, better impact on the health of our planet. Creating a self-sustaining, green yard is not as hard as it seems, and may even be easier than what you are doing now. Here are some ideas for you to get started.

Attract Bugs

Insects and creepy crawlies aren’t everyone’s favorite creatures, but they certainly have a place in your yard’s ecosystem! Although some can be harmful to plants, there are plenty of others that are beneficial. These useful bugs will keep the more destructive ones at bay by eating them, for example, plus your crop of fruit and vegetables will get a nice boost from the pollination of these good bugs.

Plant flowers that will attract the bugs you want. Sunflowers work well as do marigolds, and the brighter, the better. You could even install a ‘bug motel’ in your yard so that even more useful creatures come to visit.

Attract Birds

bird feederJust as bugs have their place so too do birds. Creatures such as slugs and snails can have an extremely detrimental effect on your yard, and whole crops can be destroyed in a matter of hours. Birds will help to keep this problem at bay, and it’s easy to get them to come to your yard. All you need to do is place some bird feeders around and perhaps some nesting boxes. Doing this will encourage the birds to visit, and you won’t have to resort to using less environmentally friendly methods of ridding your garden of unwanted pests, such as insecticides.

Solar Panels

If you install solar panels in your yard, you can make a big difference when it comes to how green you are. Speak to a Mississippi power company about how installing solar panels in your hard can help you save energy and money and create a more usable space to live in. Using fewer fossil fuels is something that every household should try to do more of because if everyone were able to utilize the power of solar panels, the world would be in a much healthier state.

Make Your Own Compost

Compost is a great thing for a gardener to have plenty of as it makes plants grow much better and become stronger and, some suggest, it makes vegetables taste much better. It is possible to purchase compost from a hardware store, but it’s far more eco-friendly and less expensive to make your own. When you add compost to your yard, you are introducing nutrients to the soil that help to encourage further plant growth and prevent diseases from spreading. Compost is a great natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.

Making your own compost is easy. All you need to do is collect compostable ingredients, such as table scraps, eggs shells, tea leaves, fruit, and vegetables, coffee grounds, even shredded paper and weeds, and pile them up in a warm part of the yard. The bugs will do the rest and create compost for you.

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