Give Your Backyard an Eco-Friendly Makeover

It's no surprise that warm weather welcomes more than just outdoor barbeques, summer vacations and vegetable gardens - more homeowners than ever are utilizing their outdoor living space to entertain, play and relax. John Gidding, nationally recognized expert and designer on HGTVs Curb Appeal shares his summer tips on how to give your backyard an eco-friendly makeover. He will touches on some of his favorite new trends that will make any outdoor space more enjoyable and environmentally friendly, while keeping some of the typical annoyances at bay.
Some of his tips include:
· RE-USE & RECYCLE: Repurpose a wooden pallet to be a hanging garden. Use rubber mulch from recycled tires for kid-play surfaces or for gardening surfaces to keep weeds away.
· SPRUCE IT UP:  Use a recycled, outdoor rug or give your deck a makeover with Eco Decking (heat, moisture and bug-resistant). You can also top old barrels with glass for rustic outdoor tables.
· BUG OFF: You want to enjoy your outdoor space, so select an environmentally friendly mosquito service to protect your family from potential viruses like West Nile. Also put up bird feeders to encourage birds to manage the rest of the insect population in your back yard.
John Gidding, architect and interior designer, brings his breadth of experience to HGTV's Curb Appeal.
Born in Istanbul, John attended American schools in Turkey and Switzerland before entering Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture. An enthusiastic art and math student, he also earned a master's degree in architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. John has enjoyed practicing his love of design with projects around the world, ranging from residential and institutional architecture to landscape and urban design. Some of his favorites include consulting on projects for Brooklyn Bridge Park, Union Square in New York, the campus plan for Carnegie Mellon University and a pavilion for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Before beginning his career in television, John got his start as a fashion model and worked the runways for Armani and Gucci. Later, John put his education and design skills to work as host and designer for a TV series about hip teens looking to update their spaces. He also worked as a lead designer on HGTV's popular series Designed to Sell. As owner of the New York City-based John Gidding Design Inc., John has done numerous residential renovations there and around the country. 

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