6 Tips to Make Your Backyard Eco-Friendly

Upcycled water jug used as DIY sprinkler for watering plants
Avoid watering delicate leaves and flowers, and just soak the ground.

4. Water When Optimal

During the hottest parts of the day, water will evaporate before giving your plants the soak they need.

The best time to water your plants is in the morning, so they can absorb the maximum amount of water.

You can also water them in the afternoon, but do so before evening so they can dry, which will reduce the chance of mold and fungus growth.

Water can damage some plants when the sun beats down through the droplets onto the plant’s delicate cells. So, avoid watering the leaves and flowers and just soak the ground.

Closeup of a solar-powered landscape light, as seen during the day in an eco-friendly backyard
Solar-powered lights turn on at dusk, look great on your lawn and reduce the electricity you need. (DepositPhotos)

5. Use Solar-Powered Lights

Solar-powered walkway lights, overhead string lights, and decor items will turn your space into a whimsical — and eco-friendly! — fairy garden your whole family can enjoy.

These lights automatically turn on at dusk and — bonus! — using them will reduce the amount of electricity you need.

Raking leaves onto a tarp
Hold off on raking leaves; they provide nutrients for your grass. Instead, mulch them to reap their benefits.

6. Don’t Rake Leaves, Mulch Them

Dead leaves provide nutrients for your grass, so there’s no need to rake them up right away! However, too many leaves covering the yard will affect grass growth.

When it’s time, use a mulching lawn mower or a leaf vacuum with mulching attachments.

Additionally, save those bonfire ashes to sprinkle on your garden; these will add extra nutrients. But be careful — too much ash can damage plants, as it contains lye.

Creating an eco-friendly backyard is a satisfying hobby, and it results in a more sustainable garden that saves money and resources.

How do you keep your backyard eco-friendly? Tell us in the comments!


  1. Lots of folks don’t know to save coffee grounds. These are great to sprinkle on any acid loving plants such as azaleas and oleanders.


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