The movement towards green lifestyles has increased the use of sustainable backyard design and gardening techniques with a more relaxed style of design, gardening and landscaping that requires less water. Recycled house hold items make unique planters and decoration. Low-water gardens, drought-tolerant plants and less turf grass have become the norm in landscape design.
The process of composting has also regained popularity in recent years. Compost is recycled as fertilizer and soil amendments, and is increasingly used for growing decorative plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits.