image: grow food sustainablyCreating a sustainable and resilient outdoor space is not only good for the environment but also good for your health and well-being. Here are five inspiring ways to create a beautiful outdoor space that is also ecologically sound:

1. Use Eco-Friendly Materials and Plants

Using ecologically friendly materials and plants is an important part of creating a sustainable and resilient outdoor space. Using materials that don’t harm the ecology of your local area is one way you can save money and keep your outdoor space healthy for you to use. Consider using recycled materials and low-maintenance plants native to your zone. Incorporating native plants in and around an outdoor patio will provide even more benefits, like promoting biodiversity and erosion prevention.

2. Apply Principles of Ecological Design and Permaculture Practices

When growing food in your outdoor space, it boosts productivity to apply principles of ecological design and permaculture.  This helps ensure that your food production and garden systems are integrated with the wisdom of the natural environment and avoids contaminating your soil and water. Sustainable residential landscape architecture practices can help build a network of productive and also resilient landscapes. Multifunctional plants can be used to regenerate degraded landscapes and provide critical habitat at home and in neighborhoods. When growing food, gardeners should look for organic and nontoxic products as well as follow the principles of permaculture to ensure the food they grow is healthy and supports beneficial wildlife that reduces maintenance.

3. Work with Professional Permaculture & Landscape Design Services

Professional design services can help you create a sustainable and resilient outdoor space that is tailored to your unique needs and budget. Eco-Logic Permaculture & Landscape Design specializes in permaculture master planning, ecological design, and sustainable construction management to preserve the natural ecological balance on any property. We can help you design and build your outdoor space with both grey and green solutions, increasing livable outdoor space that will serve your family for years.  Learn more or hire us!

4. Create a Regenerative Backyard

A regenerative backyard is a productive and resilient landscape that is designed to improve itself over time. This approach differs from traditional landscaping by restarting your landscape’s power to overcome challenges and heal itself. Working regeneratively allows you to stop worrying about making expensive mistakes and start enjoying your outdoor space. Analyze your site, identify certain landscaping conventions that have a negative environmental impact, and scale your basemap. Discover the amazing ability of a regenerative landscape to work for your soil, water, plants, and more.

5. Cooperate with Nature

Going with the flow of nature means integrating human needs and activities with the needs and yields of natural ecosystems. Residential landscapes can not only be used to grow food but produce more with less work. Observing your own yard as well as learning about the phenomenon of climax ecosystem progression will help you to chart a path that allows you to take advantage of your property’s natural inclination.

By following these inspiring tips, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that is also ecologically sound and resilient.  If you want guidance along the way, Food Forest Mastery follows the step-by-step process for creating an edible landscape, sidestep expensive mistakes, and achieve food independence while working sustainably.