Recycled Landscaping: How To Landscape With Recycled Materials

Recycled Landscaping: How To Landscape With Recycled Materials

By: Teo Spengler

Using recycled materials in landscaping is a ‘win-win’ idea.Instead of sending unused or broken household items to the landfill, you canuse them as free additions for your backyard art or for practical purposeswithin the garden.

How do you get started reusing items in the landscape? Readon for information on how to landscape with recycled materials as well as lotsof recycled backyard ideas.

Recycled Landscaping Mulch

Recycled landscaping can include any home waste you find apurpose for in the garden, including makingmulch. Preparing your own mulch is cheaper than buying bags of processedmulch from the garden store. Making mulch is a great way to get started usingrecycled materials in landscaping.

Mulch can be made of anything that can be used to layer oversoil. Ideally, the mulch decomposes into the soil over time. That means thatany paper items you are throwing out can be added into your mulch, includingnewspaper and old cereal boxes.

In fact, all paper items you are tossing, including junkmail and bills, can also be shredded and added to your compost pile. While youare at it, use leaky garbage cans as compost bins.

Recycled Materials in Landscaping

When you are trying to think of recycled backyard ideas,don’t forget about planters. Many attractive containers are available forplants in commerce, but plants will grow in almost anything.

When you want to landscape with recycled materials, keep an eye out for jugs or containers you can grow plants in. Coffee cans, repurposed plastic milk jugs, and old aluminum or ceramic kitchen items can be used to grow plants.

The material doesn’t have to look like a traditional plantcontainer. You can use aluminum ice cube trays, ice buckets, old kettles andtea pots, roasters, and even aluminum jello molds for house and porch plants.Use toiletpaper rolls to start seeds, then just sink them into the ground when theseedlings are ready to plant.

Reusing Items in the Landscape

You can find an infinite number of ways to reuse differentitems in the landscape if you approach the task with imagination. Use old windowsto make a greenhouse or hang them as garden art. Use rocks, brokenconcrete, or pieces of wood as garden bed borders. Glass bottles or salvagedmetal can be used to build interesting walls.

Old woodenpallets can serve as the basis for vertical gardens, put old rugs onpathways and cover them with pebbles, and use Styrofoam peanuts in the bottomsof big planters to keep the weight down. You can even turn an old mailbox intoa birdhouse.

Get creative and see just how many recycled gardenlandscaping ideas you can come up with as well.

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