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Backyard trends: Go green to reconnect with nature this summer

By Crystal Lengua

Trends this year are leaning toward utilizing small spaces, working toward a sustainable future, and creating backyard oases that provide us a getaway and a chance to reconnect with nature.
Trends this year are leaning toward utilizing small spaces, working toward a sustainable future, and creating backyard oases that provide us a getaway and a chance to reconnect with nature.

Lately, many of us have been spending more time in the comfort of our own backyards, so creating an at-home retreat will offer a comfortable and relaxing haven.

Trends are leaning toward using small spaces, working toward a sustainable future, and creating backyard oases that provide us a getaway and a chance to reconnect with nature.

They are full of minimalist design, greenery and gardening, comfortable spaces with mixed materials and functional furniture, along with the technology we have grown to love.

It is no surprise our focus is being drawn toward environmental reverence due to climate issues, pollution, and overall knowledge of how we are contributing negatively to the planet. We all have the power to make small differences that add up to a big change, and it can start in our backyards.

Some green/sustainable trends we will be seeing more of include:

1. Planting low-maintenance wildflowers and plants

These flowers and plants require less watering from your sprinkler because they are drought-tolerant and also easier to maintain. Wildflowers attract the beloved and at-risk bees, butterflies, and other insects that fertilize crops and assist with our ecosystem. We are planting for our pollinators, and wildflowers create a natural setting. They are also easy to plant and are very affordable.

2. Using natural materials in design

You can even blend the exterior with the interior through wall gardens, shelving, and plant slings.
You can even blend the exterior with the interior through wall gardens, shelving, and plant slings.

Ditch plastic wherever possible, including planters, décor, garden fencing, and furniture, and opt for natural materials such as wickers, stone, wood, brick, and metal instead. Do not be afraid to mix and match. This design trend is being widely used across the board as it is fresh, minimal, and natural.

3. Adding a garden to your backyard

Even small spaces can benefit from a garden with modern vertical beds. Not only do gardens lower food costs, they also promote healthier diets and provide a common area for family activities. Gardening with children teaches them valuable lessons about plants and may even encourage them to try new vegetables if they grow them on their own. Some studies show lessening our meat consumption is beneficial to the planet and, while going vegan/vegetarian may not be on your radar, incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet and opting for a meatless Monday can be a great contribution toward climate change. Besides, having readily-available greens for salads in your own backyard is extremely convenient.

4. Composting

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Some cities will provide you with a compost pail. If not, you can purchase one at your local department store for minimal cost alongside organic waste bags. Most cities have implemented garbage bag maximums for pickup, and composting is a great way to lower the amount of trash (and the waste brought to landfills) while enriching the soil and averting garden pests.

5. Rain barrels

Rain barrels have grown in popularity in the last few years to the extent that some cities have promoted distribution sales in their areas. These storage devices collect rainwater from your roof and store it so you can reuse it in your garden, as well as watering indoor plants and the lawn. These barrels are also useful in keeping excess water from your home’s foundation.

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