Environmentally Friendly Landscaping Techniques

Plant Selection

 

Selecting certain plants will not only keep your yard or development looking lush, but it can also benefit the smaller eco-system within your region. By choosing native plants that have evolutionarily acclimated to their surroundings, ensures that maintenance as well as chemicals and fertilizers are minimal.

 

Avoid invasive exotic plants as they can easily overtake your yard as well as the surrounding environment. It is alright to have one or two plant exotic plant species but it is imperative that they are not aggressive and can easily proliferate.

 

By instead planting woodlands, meadow, or other native plants you can sustain and co-exist within the natural environment. In areas that you require grass, be sure to use specially developed seeds that grow slow, use very little water, and require no fertilizer.

 

 

The best way to nourish your soil is to supply the organic nutrients and minerals it requires to flourish. By laying down a one to three-inch layer of compost or mulch, you negate the need for fertilizers or chemicals that could harm the local fauna.

 

The easiest way to make compost or mulch is to recycle yard clippings (grass,0020leaves, or wood chips), vegetable scraps, and coffee grinds. Be sure to aerate your pile every couple of weeks and once it turns dark and uniform it can be applied to your vegetation. Say goodbye to toxic compounds.

 

Conservation

 

Plants and trees can really suffer during times of drought. However, if you use drought-tolerant plant species, your manicured garden can stay intact while conserving water. Also, try adding some mulch or compost around your native plants to save on buying soil.

 

Reduce

 

The plants and trees around your home can save you more money than you think. Planting deciduous (shedding foliage) trees around your house can save on air conditioning costs in the summer while letting the sun shine through during the winter months.

 

Strategically planting conifers can reduce winter winds dramatically so you can reduce gas or electric consumption. You can also reduce the use of power tools by downsizing your lawn size by planting native species.

 

Always take into account the consequences of your actions – whether it is the color of your house or your gardening habits. By following environmentally friendly landscape techniques, you are helping to relieve the burden of human expansion on the eco-system.

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