Almost every year my New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Unfortunately, I don’t always stick to it. So this year I chose a more creative 2019 resolution inspired by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). I’m going to help the planet and create a staycation in my very own yard!
After downloading and reading the free Everyday Sustainability Guide from The Nature Conservancy, I realized that I could truly help the planet by enjoying a staycation – which is a vacation at home or close to home. I made the first step this past summer by adding a koi pond in my backyard.
Until I read the guide, I didn’t know that flying less is the number one thing you can do to combat climate change! Who needs to fly somewhere exotic when you can have paradise in your own backyard?
According to the Everyday Sustainability Guide, a staycation can also be “vacations” close to home. Like a picnic in your local forest preserve or visiting nearby points of interest. Since I’m just an hour-long train ride to Chicago, it’s easy to enjoy a staycation to the big city!
In addition to our garden pond area, I plan to create zones in our yard to develop the total staycation experience. So far, my to do list includes the following:
- Plant a butterfly and hummingbird garden.
- Create a shade garden.
- Enlarge the flower cutting garden.
- Create a cozy fire pit area.
- Install a gravel patio for al fresco dining.
- Add a dry river stream to manage storm water run-off.
Helping the environment by not flying (which I’m not a fan of anyway) really appeals to me. Not only that, but I’m creating a habitat for critters like birds and bees.
Consider creating your own unique destination spot in your yard to improve your life and the world around you. Maybe you hang a simple hammock between trees to create a cozy reading corner. Add a fountain or small waterall to enjoy the soothing sight and sound of water (it also provides a place for birds and butterflies to refresh).
Plant your favorite flowers to encourage pollinators to visit. Create a patio with permeable pavers underneath a cafe table. You’ll enjoy dining outdoors while helping rainwater to seep back into the ground as opposed to running off into a sewer system. There are so many ways you can turn your backyard into your personal staycation in 2019.
The Everyday Sustainability Guide from The Nature Conservancy has lots of great ideas for everyone to help the environment in 2019. Download the guide by entering your name and email to read the tips and get motivated to start now.