Most homeowners want to have a perfect yard with tiny little shrubs and big trees that appeal visually to passersby. “If you are also hoping to get the perfect landscape for your house or commercial property, then we’d like you to realize that not all landscaping is environment-friendly. Some landscape designs are way too costly and often harm the environment”, says James Collins, a Sydney-based landscaping expert at NBG Landscapes.
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If you don’t want to harm the environment, then we suggest that you follow the below mentioned eco-friendly landscaping ideas.
Eco-Friendly Landscaping Ideas
1. Try Xeriscaping
You should consider Xeriscaping which is a way of landscaping in which you need to place plants with same water requirements together so that you can water them at once and save some water.
You should also consider replacing the grass in your landscape with drought-resistant variants of grasses. Some of the options you can try are blue oat grass, yellow pampas grass, Mexican feather grass, purple fountain grass, etc.
Succulents like sedum, agave, aeonium, and crassula plants are also good options. Apart from saving water, these options also save money for you as the water bills reduce considerably.
2. Invest in a Sprinkler System
If you want to maintain the lush greenery of your landscape, you should irrigate them in the right manner. But nobody is asking you to do it by using a garden hose when you can easily use a sprinkler system.
It will not only reduce the manual hours you would have put in but will also save water if you select the drip irrigation method for your garden beds.
This method saves water by targeting root systems and not the foliage. Plants also become stronger at the roots which let them combat strong winds and diseases easily.
3. Know the Pros and Cons
No matter whether you have been living in the same house for decades or you want to move into a new one. It is highly suggested that you know the pros and cons of gardening in your area.
For instance, if there are high winds in your area most of the year, you would need to invest in strong barriers.
Similarly, if your home is situated on an uneven area, it would lead to more runoff and soil erosion which you can prevent by implementing a design which resists erosion.
4. Solar Lighting
If you want your landscaping efforts to look stunning at night, you might be thinking of adding exterior lights to the landscape.
Though adding lights is a good idea, you can do even better by adding solar-powered lights that help you to show off your efforts in an environment-friendly manner.
These lights will generate power in the day and illuminate at nighttime. You can also add lights with motion sensors if you don’t want them lit when you or someone else is not there.
5. Make Use of Mulch
If you want to prevent weeds from spreading, then you should add mulch all the areas of your landscape, including the pathways. It also helps in keeping the temperature cool for root systems.
You can either buy organic mulch at a store near you, or you can DIY by using bark or coconut fibers. As mulch usually decomposes to feel the soil, you just have to add it once and then forget about it.
6. Use Synthetic Grass
In case you want to go an extra mile to protect the environment, you should think of adding synthetic grass to your landscape. It looks like natural grass but doesn’t need much maintenance.
You don’t need to buy any pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers (all of which lead to water pollution) to maintain it.
You will also be saved from the hassle of using a lawnmower that often releases toxic fumes into the air. Some areas also provide a rebate if you use synthetic grass instead of natural one.
7. Add Simple Plants and Solutions
If you don’t like the idea of adding synthetic grass to your landscape, you can still be environment-friendly by investing in plants that need low maintenance. You need to understand the features of a well-designed environment-friendly landscape. Santa Barbara daisy is a good option as it works perfectly as a vibrant edging plant.
You can also develop an eco-friendly walkway by using wood chips or mulch. You are also free to use a broken log to create wooden pallets for your pathway.
8. Go for a Green Roof
Some people want greenery all over their house, and if you are one of them, you should not have a conventional roof but a green one. It will not only offer insulation, reduce the heat but will also help in reducing water runoff.
You can cover the green roof with lush vegetation. Maintaining such a roof will also increase the value of your property. It will also serve as a haven for plants and birds and reduce the noise pollution too.
9. Get a Green Wall
If an attractive landscape and a green roof are not enough for a garden enthusiast, then you can also opt for a green wall or a living wall. You can grow flowers and herbs by using planters and containers.
This will add a nice touch to the appearance of your yard. You will also get to enjoy more privacy as no one will be able to peer into your property easily. A green wall is also a great addition that enhances the value of a property.
10. Buy Reusable Landscaping Materials
Last but not the least, you can do your bit towards the environment by buying reusable landscaping materials like a natural stone that is quite durable and looks great.
You can use them to surround trees, the pathway or flower beds. You can move them as much as you want and they will not lose their luster or strength.
Which of these eco-friendly landscaping ideas do you like the most? Which ones are you going to try first? Do let us know by commenting below. If you have any questions, post them below as well, and we’ll be happy to lend you a hand.
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