Ways to Make Your Outdoor Spaces Green For Spring

Guest Writer, Maggie Baker

Cold winter weather is on its way out, and your neglected outdoor spaces need some attention and revitalization. Your beautiful patio, balcony, yard, or garden has seen better days, but as the warm weather arrives, you may want to spend more time outside. In the spirit of the outdoors, get your outdoor spaces ready for the new season by following environmentally friendly practices. Using eco-friendly fuels, like propane, in grills and adding local plants are two simple environmentally friendly ways to spruce up your outdoor space. By putting some love, care, and elbow grease into fixing your outdoor area, you can create a wonderful outdoor haven in time for Spring while being kind to the planet.

Fire Pits and Outdoor Grills

The American Society of Landscape Architects found in a 2018 survey that fire pits were one of the most sought after outdoor features, and it is easy to see why. Relaxing around a fire pit with friends and family on a summer night is an idyllic setting that almost anyone can recreate in their backyard. Centering your outdoor space around a fire pit is also a good way to create a focal point and increase visual cohesion. Ambitious decorators or DIY enthusiasts can build a custom fire pit to perfectly complement their unique outdoor space, but most people will opt to buy a pre-made fire pit. There are many models of manufactured fire pits that you can order online and have delivered to your door, but when selecting a fire pit, you must consider what type of fuel it uses.

Wood, propane, and natural gas are the predominant fire pits fuels, but propane is the greenest and most common option. Propane is not only an environmentally friendly fuel, but it is also easy to access as most gas stations and grocery stores sell propane tanks. Propane tanks can also be swapped into other appliances like outdoor grills.

Outdoor grills bring the kitchen outside and create new cooking possibilities. The fire pit might be a staple of summer nights, but the outdoor grill is central to the picturesque midday summer cookout. Outdoor grills come in a variety of sizes, so there will always be a grill that fits in your outdoor space. Just like with fire pits, you must consider what fuel your grill uses, but the decision is even more important, as your fuel choice can affect the flavor of your food.

Charcoal, natural gas, propane, wood, and electricity are the primary fuel types for grills, but the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association reports that propane grills are the most popular by far. Devout grillers note that propane leaves food less flavorful than charcoal, but the difference is not enough to deter the vast majority of grillers. Propane-powered grills share the same benefits of propane-power fire pits, as propane tanks are cheap, easy to find, and can be swapped between similar propane-powered appliances.

Solar Lights

The sun will illuminate your outdoor space a large portion of the time, but not 100% of the time. Spending time in your outdoor space when it is overcast or nighttime may leave you stumbling around in the dark. Adding outdoor lighting not only increases the functionality of your space, but it also brings a warm whimsical feeling to the area.

When most people think of outdoor lights, they imagine a lamppost, a wall-mounted sconce, or hanging string lights. Traditionally, all these lights require power cables to supply electricity and running outdoor cables is a major hassle. Solar outdoor lights have solved that problem while being eco-friendly, as solar lights do not consume grid electricity and instead generate their own power. Almost any style of outdoor light is available in a solar-powered variant, even string lights.

Solar lights rely on a small solar panel to generate energy to power the light bulb. Most solar lights have a solar panel on top of the light bulb housing which is on top of a ground stake that lets you place the light anywhere that receives sunlight. Solar string lights are connected to a ground stake-mounted solar panel at one end of the string leaving you free to drape the lights wherever you see fit.

Solar lights also give you the freedom to place lights without worrying about running cables, but you do need to worry about sunlight. Solar lights must absorb sunlight throughout the day to generate enough energy to power the light after dark. Strategically place your solar lights so they absorb enough sunlight during the day while illuminating the desired areas at night.

Revamping your outdoor space in time for Spring is a great opportunity to add eco-friendly elements. If you add a fire pit or a grill, look for propane-powered models. Save time, money, headache, and the environment by installing solar lights instead of wired outdoor lights.

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