From Dean Dowd on September 17, 2009 in Landscaping
Most people consider their backyards green enough already, but just because you see vibrant patches doesn’t necessarily mean your yard is eco-friendly. One of the greenest things you can do is to actually cut back on the green - lawn, that is. Less grass means less mowing and maintenance, which means less energy to keep your backyard looking nice. One of the ways you can do this is with masonry. By installing a stone, brick or paver patio in the backyard, you give yourself and your family an oasis for relaxation and entertainment that barely needs any upkeep at all.
Another great backyard idea is to incorporate a natural sitting area, a place where you and others can sit and chat in a place that seems totally immersed in nature and not manufactured at all. This area may include some natural stone masonry walls, a walkway with grass or weeds growing between, stone or wooden furniture, a fire pit and more. The idea, though, is to make it look inconspicuous, while offering peaceful, low-maintenance comfort.
For smaller backyards, a completely planned space can be easy to accomplish with a combination of masonry and garden areas. Youll never need to mow again. Yard maintenance will be limited to occasional power washing and sealing concrete and masonry (if required at all) and mulching and weeding upon occasion. With the help of a professional, you can find out which garden plants will thrive best in your geographical region, as well as which choices are easiest to keep up with.
While the typical backyard contains nothing more than a grassy space and a deck or patio, its important to note that the more planning and designing you put into it, the more enjoyable you can make your yard. Keep in mind that that best backyards are often the simplest.