As you get ready to enjoy the summer months, here are some ways to create a comfortable, sustainable outdoor space you can appreciate all season long.

  1. Use organic mulch to reduce weeds and promote healthy soil. It may also save 25% - 50% in water usage.
  2. Depending on the amount of rain that falls where you live, you may save up to 1,300 gallons of water by using a rain barrel during the peak summer months.
  3. Replace grass with artificial turf, stones, crushed gravel, ornamental grasses or perennial groundcovers.
  4. Select pollinator-friendly plants to attract butterflies and bees. Use organic weed pervention methods when possible.
  5. Install a "smart" irrigation system and check parts often. A broken water head could lose up to 25,000 gallons of water in six months.
  6. Trees offer shade, reduce stormwater runoff and serve as a natural habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Decor Ideas

  1. Hang small plants onto an old shutter or pallet and lean it against your house or deck.
  2. Display plants on the steps of an old ladder.
  3. Install a shelf onto a wall or windowsill to serve as a makeshift bar.
  4. Consider terra-cotta pots and outdoor floor tiles. The fired clay material is budget-friendly and highly durable.


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