Welcome to Day 4 of greeing your home in Greater Vancouver and saving money. Here are 10 yard improvement tips to share with you:
- Drip irrigation - It saves water compared to sprinklers.
- Elbow grease - Don’t power wash your driveway. Sweep it or use a scrub brush and pail.
- Less lawn - Lawns waste water. Instead conserve and beautify using indigenous plants such as ferns, tiger lilies and hostas.
- Grow your own - How much more will you spend on food this year? Even a few miniature fruit trees and a small vegetable garden in a raised bed or in containers will help keep you healthy and save you dollars. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and blueberries thrive in our climate.
- Preserve your produce - Invest in home canning jars and equipment and a small freezer and enjoy your produce year round – at considerable savings.
- Bee friendly - We need bees to pollinate, so get a few plant bee-friendly annuals such as asters, marigolds, sunflowers, zinnias; or perennials such as clematis, foxgloves, hollyhocks, roses or shrubs such as Buddleia.
- Go chemical-free - “Get rid of weeds without using chemicals that harm us and our pets,” advises REALTOR® and Richmond City counselor, Derek Dang, who led the way to a bylaw banning cosmetic pesticides. His suggestion, “Use dish detergent or weed by hand.”
- Plant fruit trees - They’ll give you shade and fruit. Plum, apple, pear and more.
- Compost - It will make your garden grow and divert waste from the landfill.
- Clean green - Vinegar, baking soda and lemons clean as well as expensive, chemical-filled cleaning supplies for a fraction of the cost.
Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (May 2013)