Despite what you might think, sustainable landscaping doesn’t have to be unstylish, visually uninspiring, or “granola.” In fact, with recent changes in technology and better research, there are an almost endless variety of options available to creating a landscape that is still eco-friendly, low maintenance, and cost-effective––all without sacrificing design or aesthetic appeal.
If you’re like most property owners, the idea of spending hours on end whacking and weeding isn’t one you relish, but neither is the thought of having an overgrown yard. True, it may seem like hanging up the weed-eater and parking the mower in the long-term lot are easy solutions for being more environmentally friendly and reducing your carbon footprint, but you can still have beautifully manicured grounds that are lush and vibrantly verdant without having to resort to green pea-gravel and artificial plants.
In fact, there are solutions to sustainable landscaping that address everything from irrigation to pest control, and all of them are imaginative, cost-effective, and easily implemented and sustained.
Easily Attainable Steps to Sustainable
One of the first steps in establishing sustainable landscaping should be working with what you have. Be discerning as you look at your property to see where you might need to rethink what you’ve got growing; having plants that are not native to the area might actually be damaging to the plants around them or require more maintenance than indigenous plants would be. Stop the alien invasion and let the natural beauties thrive; you’ll save time, energy, and money along the way. Likewise, look at the placement of plants and trees; if they’ve been planted in the wrong area, they’ll naturally require more time, attention, and money to sustain. Do some research to find out where you might have gone wrong and then consider the benefits of relocation. It may take a little while to reestablish those plants, but in the long run, you’ll delight in the rewards.
Natural irrigation also plays a key role in sustainable landscaping. You can use rainwater run-off to keep your property well-hydrated. There are simple ways of retaining any rainwater within the boundaries of your yard so that it keeps the ground moist and waters your plants––natural barriers like dry lake beds, berms, and dry wells make use of naturally occurring environmental elements, but setting up rain barrels and collection tanks to catch rainwater run-off from rooflines or adding sloped pavements to direct water into planted areas are ideal methods of sustainable maintenance.
Even hardscaping can be part of a sustainable landscaping plan if you use recycled, reclaimed, or repurposed items to in your design. Source materials such as old bricks, stones, gravels, wood pieces––even plastics, pavement, and metal scraps from old architecture can all become elements in your hardscaping.
Sometimes it takes a little imagination and a bit of research to accomplish, but in the long run, you’ll find that sustainable is maintainable, and you’ll see new potential and purpose in things that might once have seemed garden variety.
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