Logic would imply that green spaces are already, well, green. Yet, there are ways to improve the eco-friendliness of your outdoor space. Hardscapes are relatively green, depending on what materials are used and whether maintenance practices are sustainable. Yet, there are a few additional ways that hardscapes and landscapes, in general, can reduce your overall carbon footprint:

Water Conservation at its Finest

Hardscapes help conserve water because they reduce the amount of grass in your yard. This can reduce the amount of irrigation needed to keep your yard lush and green. Furthermore, hardscapes also help reduce erosion and runoff. With the help of retaining walls, gravel, and patios, water can be properly routed throughout your property to ensure that all proper drainage occurs.

Outdoor Lighting

Most outdoor spaces can do without lighting, but if you want your hardscape to be used for evening parties and get-together there are some eco-friendly options available to you. Solar-powered lights are common to line pathways but can also be used to illuminate patios and gazebos. The final light source that’s often overlooked is fire. Many hardscapes incorporate outdoor kitchens and fire pits into their design. This is a cozy alternative to traditional lighting sources and adds a unique element to your outdoor space.

Greenery Matters

If you want to truly make an environmental impact on your yard, consider incorporating plants that make your garden more eco-friendly. Use native plant species in your greenspace to prevent the spread of invasive species. Furthermore, incorporating garden beds into your yard lowers the amount of energy spent mowing and maintaining your lawn. Finally, some plants have environmental payoffs such as helping insulate a space that eliminates the need for heat or creates a habitat for an endangered species.

Celebrate Earth Day by adopting more environmentally-friendly practices this year in your yard. Mother Nature will thank you!