Eco-Friendly Landscaping Tips.
True eco-friendly landscaping and lawn care is about sustainability. Fortunately, the more eco-friendly you become the easier the solutions are long-term.
These Tips Should Help You Establish a More Eco-Friendly Lawn.
Focus on the quality of your soil and work your way up from there. That’s where eco-friendly landscaping begins. Healthy soil translates into a healthier lawn and landscaping. This means you need to be more mindful of what you use to boost your soil quality. Artificial products are out of the question if you’re looking to be green.
- Compost – Natural compost remains the best eco-friendly solution to improve soil quality and produce an eco-friendly landscape. Since most plant life starts in the soil, compost gets to the heart of what your plants need. If you use quality compost, supplemental products won’t need to be applied. This saves you money in addition to being eco-friendly. Check here for our guide on how to start your own composting project.
- Watering – Lose the broadcasting sprinklers for your beds. They’re inefficient and waste too much water through evaporation and by hitting non-target areas. Instead look into drip irrigation systems that focus the water where it’s needed – the roots.
- Invest in a rain barrel – Use of a rain barrel for garden and landscape watering can save you money while also helping you to go green.
- Drought-tolerant plants – If you live in an area that experiences occasional drought (most of the United States), then consider using drought tolerant plants. These plants can often thrive on as little as two waterings a month. When combined with a drip irrigation system, you’ve got a very eco-friendly landscaping solution.
- Plant a garden – Landscaping can be as much about producing food as it is about curb appeal. Eco-friendly landscaping can be productive also!
- Use mulch – Mulch is excellent at retaining moisture below its surface. For best results, use a mixture that includes one part mulch to one part compost. This will provide rich nutrients while also providing moisture protection.
- Plant shade trees – Use trees to your advantage to reduce direct sunlight. An eco-friendly landscaping can also save money on your heating and cooling bills.
- Go native – Use plants that are native to your region. This ensure the plants have a drought tolerance compatible with your zone.
- Use recycled products for beds and borders – Recycled products represent a responsible way to frame your beautiful garden and hardscape areas. Reclaimed wood makes an excellent border to a garden.
- Go solar – Use solar lights with LED bulbs or the most efficient lighting solutions.
- Find a friendly mower – Check out newer cordless models. Technology has advanced making these much better options versus their noisy gas-guzzling counterparts. Eco-friendly landscaping includes the tools used to maintain the space.
We hope these tips help you create or build a more eco-friendly landscape. Where you start is up to you – don’t be intimidated by the journey. What is most important is that you take that next step.
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