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Green Landscaping: 3 Surprising Ways You Can Go Greener In Your Yard

Start planning your environment-friendly outdoor panorama today!

While the simplest way for your yard to go green is to let it grow wild, this might not result in a look you’ll want. A semi-cultivated, yet natural, approach to going green on your property could enhance your home’s appearance and value. A few basic tips on green landscaping would make it convenient and affordable, and require little maintenance. All you need is a little creativity and some natural elements to create an attractive and inviting yard.

Tree Borders

Rather than buying expensive vinyl or wood fencing, instead plant tree borders along your property perimeters. Whether marking a corner boundary or a property line, trees offer beauty, shade, and a haven to birds that will make outdoor time even more enjoyable. Pines, dwarf trees, fruit trees, and others can be purchased when small or grown from cuttings if you’re patient to create a lovely natural border that helps to protect your property from soil erosion and wind damage. If you want a border that’s a bit sturdier, consider an aluminum fence like those at Mills Fence. Aluminum fences are stylish, sturdy, and reliable. They’re also eco-friendly because they don’t have to be repeatedly stained, sanded, or painted.

Wildflower Accents

Local beekeepers’ associations offer free wildflower packets to homeowners as an inducement to honeybees. Bees visit wildflowers where they help to pollinate adjoining areas in ways that help to feed agricultural livestock and humans. You can also buy inexpensive wildflower seeds in your favorite variations and colors to go about doing green landscaping. Plant them in splashes of lawn color and greenery or spread them at strategic locations around the yard. They will help the environment while offering natural beauty. Look for cornflowers, sunflowers, and verbena, which grow fairly easily in most areas.

Natural Enhancements for Green Landscaping

Garden figures and adornments come in many kinds of styles and designs. They are often made of acrylic, glass, plastic, or treated wood, which are not exactly ideal for soil. Some are costly, and intricate designs may get broken or need repainting to retain a fresh look.

Alternatively, consider accenting your lawn, garden, or patio with natural elements. Clean-trimmed wooden logs or stumps for sitting, smooth or polished stones, a pebble-and-sand arrangement, or natural ground cover like ferns and ivy add an orchestrated and yet natural look to the property with minimal cost and effort.

If you admire your lawn and outdoor areas from an enclosed porch, patio, or sunroom, you may want to consider having heat and air conditioning installed to extend the year-round time you can enjoy the scenic view. Start planning your environment-friendly outdoor panorama today!

Emma Sturgis, the author of this post, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.

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