As an active person with a love for your furry friends, you probably also care about the environment. Things like adopting dogs from shelters, recycling, and using eco-friendly products might be a part of your daily life. Most everyone can do a little more to reduce their impact on the environment and add a little eco-friendliness to their lives! Why not start with your backyard?
Here are some fun, easy, and pet-friendly ways you can create a sustainable environment, right in your own backyard:
No backyard project is complete without some landscaping. But, what most landscaping has in common is a lot of water use. Sure, newly planted flowers and plants can use a drink when they’re first put into the ground. But, planting greenery that needs constant watering is not only bad for the environment, but bad for your water bill. Opt for plants that don’t require a lot of watering as the eco-friendly choice.
The cost of food continues to rise every day – especially if you buy organic produce. Fruit like strawberries and tomatoes, and veggies like spinach and bell peppers are a part of the “dirty dozen.” These are the fruits and veggies that are important to buy organic because they are most susceptible to chemical contamination. Luckily, you can grow all of these in your own garden! A truly sustainable backyard isn’t complete without an organic garden!
Depending on what you’re growing, your organic garden will need some regular watering. Running your garden hose impacts the environment, and your wallet. Instead of wasting water, save it! A cheap 50 gallon drum can serve as a great rain barrel. Mother Nature will do her job to fill your barrel with rain water – the rest is up to you to water your plants and produce!
When you’re no stranger to the cost of organic produce, you also know how much free range organic eggs can cost. Nowadays, a dozen fresh cruelty-free eggs can cost over $5. If your family eats a lot of eggs, that cost can really add up. But raising a few hens in your backyard is an excellent, sustainable option. They can provide fresh eggs, pest control, and even fertilizer for your garden! Even better, using a mobile chicken coop as their roost gives you the flexibility to relocate your flock as you need.
Instead of pitching your kitchen scraps – like fruit rinds, veggie skins, egg shells, stale bread, coffee grounds, and other organic waste – keep it! Creating a compost pile with your kitchen scraps means nothing goes to waste. Even before it goes into the pile, it can serve as food for your hens. But if they can’t eat it, compost is an excellent natural fertilizer for your garden and flower beds. Talk about recycling!
With just a few changes and additions to your daily routine, you can create a truly sustainable backyard. You can reduce your footprint, waste, and make a real difference for yourself and for the environment!