Jan 18, 2014

Since Chris and Peyton Lambton's appearances on ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, the happy couple has dedicated their time to transforming backyards one house at a time in their HGTV series, Going Yard. Chris' background in landscaping and Peyton's background in design make them the perfect pair. Together, they create outdoor living spaces and features including patios, arbors and water features for deserving homeowners.

They'll be swinging by the Metropolitan Lawn & Garden Show on Feb. 7-9 to speak about being sustainable in your own backyard, but first, they decided to give us a few of their best pointers.

Where do you start when preparing a new garden or backyard space?

You should always begin by becoming familiar with the space and the current conditions. The biggest factor in gardening that you can't control is the sun. Some parts of the yard will have full sun, while others will have partial sun or shade. You need to plant accordingly.

What are your top 5 tips for backyard sustainability?

1. Designate a compost area.
2. Recycle rainwater.
3. Water at proper times of the day.
4. Plant native.
5. Grow your own vegetables and herbs.

Where do you gather most of your inspiration for new projects?

We get inspiration in learning from clients about what they want to get out of their outdoor space. Their likes and passions are transformed into something they will be able to use and enjoy.

What design/gardening trend or item are you coveting this season?

Fermentation gardening is our favorite trend of the year. This encompasses growing your own grapes, hops and apples for wine, beer or hard cider.

To learn more about Chris and Peyton, visit their website at and follow them on Twitter at @ChrisLambton13 and @PeytonWLambton.

Don’t miss Chris & Peyton Lambton at our Metropolitan Lawn & Garden Show (Feb. 7-9)!