Going green with your landscape can extend beyond manicured grass and gorgeous greenery. By using eco-conscious designs and landscaping techniques, you can have a lawn that improves air and water quality, promotes wildlife and habitat creation, and creates an inviting outdoor space. So, if you’re looking to incorporate more sustainable practices in your landscaping, here are a few easy ways to design a greener, more eco-friendly property.
One of the easiest ways to control horticultural diseases and insects in an environmentally friendly manner is through the responsible use of herbicides and pesticides. Consider purchasing organic pesticides or making natural pesticides using household items such as soap, neem oil, and vegetable oil.
Frequently watering your landscape wastes water and can drastically increase your water bill. Instead of wasting water, consider xeriscaping! Xeriscaping is a landscaping technique that promotes little to no irrigation in your garden by using drought-resistant plants. For gardens with thirsty plants, collecting rainwater in rain barrels is an excellent and eco-friendly alternative to irrigation systems.
When it comes to green landscaping, it’s best to find plants that flourish naturally in your area to promote a more sustainable ecosystem. Native Mid-Atlantic plants such as Orange Milkweed, Eastern Redbud, and Purple Coneflower are desirable to pollinators including bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. With so many native plants to choose from, incorporating various colors and textures is then key in creating a gorgeous, eco-friendly landscape.
If you’re looking for a way to prevent food scraps from stinking up your kitchen AND you need nourishing soil for your garden, composting is the solution! Composting is excellent for breaking down food, gardening scraps, and turning them into free fertilizing soil.
Knowing what to put in your compost pile is key for the best results. Various fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, newspapers, wood shavings, weeds, and cardboard are perfect for composting. After turning over the pile every few days, the mix will supply rich, nutritious compost ready for use in your landscape.
There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and be eco-conscious when creating and maintaining your landscape. Small changes like limiting water use or composting will go a long way in creating a more sustainable property. If you need help creating an eco-friendly landscape, our team of experts is happy to help. To inquire about our green landscaping services, fill out the contact form on our website.