1. Start with MaterialsWhether you’re building-out an entirely new patio or are simply looking to add some accent features to your existing landscaping, the first place to start is with green and sustainable materials. If you’re considering adding a wood deck or platform, using recycled or reclaimed wood can both save you money and have a positive impact on the environment. You can use reclaimed materials like wrought iron, railroad ties and concrete to add character to your patio. Many of you choose to embrace green living, but the real benefits come from creating a unique, one-of-a-kind patio.
2. Use Solar LightingYou don’t need to perform a solar install to embrace solar lighting. Solar lights are self-sufficient and can be installed throughout a garden or patio to create beautiful, ambient light once the sun goes down. The savings in electricity are worth the time, and you’ll be impressed with how elegant these lights can look throughout the night.
3. Decorate with Edible PlantsWant to get the most out of your green outdoor design space? You can grow plants that are not only attractive, but also nutritious. Culinary herbs, potted berry bushes and other types of sustainable edible plants are ideal for framing a patio and for saving money at the market.
- Use Native Plants