27 Apr 2010

Eco-Friendly Outdoor Spacesimage18

If you’re looking to go “green” and do your part in saving the environment, outdoor living is a great place to start. Organic living is being utilized across the globe by using reusable and renewable resources. Shop at thrift stores, consignment shops or garage sales for wonderful items. Re-using another man’s junk can be another man’s treasure. Older items hold character from a different time and place.

Instead of installing an electric lighting system that will drive up your energy bills, start by lining the patio and walkways with solar lights. Cast a soft light in flower beds with solar lighting. This will give an ambient glow, perfect for outdoor parties.  Looking to replace old plastic furniture? Instead donate it to the community or recycle. Replace old pieces with gorgeous teak wood furniture as it is a renewable resource which will look beautiful for years to come.

Making your own compost is an easy, budget friendly way to feed plants and enrich soil. Products are available on the market that will actually do all the work. The only thing you’ll need to do is throw waste into it.

Save water resources by capturing water from the gutters when it rains. Use the natural rain water collect on plants and gardens. This is also a great idea in case of a drought and water use is restricted.

Border edging can still look great with green options such as river rocks, wood and recycled plastic. Avoid using products that are not natural from the earth or specify that they are from recycled materials.

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