Green Tips For Your Yard From MichelleSellsFayetteville

Okay, I have to admit I’m a city girl and have never really been good with plants, the yard (other than mowing it), and landscaping.  But, I think we all want our yards and gardens to be beautiful, green, and inviting, and also make them good for the environment too. Whether you have just moved in, or are looking to make your existing outdoor living space an earth-friendly place, here are a few tips that I got from some of my clients and also my father-in-law.

Expand your garden, shrink your yard. This never occurred to me until I saw it. Grass yards take a lot of time and resources to maintain; replacing them with wildflower gardens or gravel living spaces can reduce your water and fuel consumption. And if you live in the South, your water bill is probably through the roof right now as mine is. 

Again I had to be convinced of this one, but after making a smaller yard I finally decided to replace my gas mower with a reel lawn mower. They do take more work, buy it’s a great way to get in a workout! 

Purchase a rain barrel. Collecting rainwater and using it to water your yard and plants is a great conservation technique, and will reduce your water bill.  This is one of the simplest things that I’ve done so far and it is a great way to water the plants.

Compost. Maintaining compost will not only reduce your contribution to landfills, but gives you high quality, free fertilizer for your plants.

Plant a tree. Trees not only reduce the CO² in our environment, they also provide shade to your yard and home.

Create an organic vegetable garden. Vegetable gardens can provide you and your family with a delicious, healthy, and very inexpensive food source, and are a great addition to any garden.  With my father-in-law’s green thumb, I am now feeding several of my friends and their families with veggies.  This has also helped to cut down on my grocery bill.  I’m still not good at growing fruit yet, but I’m determined. 

Plant indigenous plants. Plants that are native to your location require a lot less maintenance and thrive in their natural conditions.

Eliminate harmful pesticides from your garden. There are a number of alternatives to the use of toxic pesticides, which pollute both our personal living space and the planet. Your local garden supply center can help you find an alternative that is right for your garden or yard and your pets.

I hope you’ve found this blog helpful and interesting.  As always if you have any comments or questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at

 Best Regards,


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  • Elise  On July 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Thanks Michelle, I really have been meaning to look into a rain barrel. Thanks for the reminder!

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