There are a couple of reasons why the average homeowner might want to create an outdoor space that is sustainable. For one thing, it can definitely help to cut costs in terms of watering and other maintenance. But of course, many people are concerned with the state of the environment and they’re looking for ways to do their part when it comes to going green. Sustainable landscaping can make a big difference on both scores. Here are a few tips that should help to ensure that your intentions result in an effective plan for sustainable landscaping.
- Drought-resistant plants. When most people hear about drought-resistant landscaping, they immediately picture a yard full of gravel and cacti. But you needn’t go desert chic in order to create an outdoor space that requires less water to survive and thrive. There are all kinds of beautiful and even lush plant species that get by with a lot less water. Bamboo, for example, is drought-resistant, and believe it or not, there are several types of grass that also fit the bill. You may not be able to include tropical plants if you want to cut back on water consumption as part of your sustainable landscaping strategy, but there are a wide variety of options to consider.
- Native plants. Regardless of where you live, you probably have access to all kinds of non-native plant species. But there are a few good reasons to stick with plants native to your region if you want to make your yard more sustainable. For one thing, plants that aren’t originally from your area may require tons of additional care to survive, including extra rations of water and pesticides to keep pests from devouring them. Although similar issues can plague native plants, as well, the ecosystem has likely evolved in ways that help to keep things in balance, so you may not necessarily need to intervene on behalf of your landscaping as much as you would with non-native plants. In addition, non-native species can go wild, spreading like crazy and choking out other plants if they have no natural predators in your region.
- Non-toxic products. While you can certainly use products like Miracle-Gro, Roundup, and Raid (amongst others) to keep your lawn green, kill weeds, and stave off pest infestations, the truth is that you might not want to dump so many chemicals into the soil around your house. These products can not only act as toxins for the people and pets in your home, but the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and so on pollutes the environment. On a larger scale, these toxic substances can seep into the ground water supply or into rivers and lakes through runoff. So do your part by using non-toxic, natural alternatives.
- Water conservation. In addition to adding drought-resistant plants to your landscaping, there are a couple of great ways to conserve water. You could install cisterns that collect rainwater for use in keeping your landscaping green without having to rely on your drinking water. You could also implement a gray water system that recycles household waste water for use on your lawn. And you should definitely consider regular aeration to ensure that water and nutrients reach the root systems for your plants.
- Professional help. Whether you’re in search of sustainable landscaping tips or you need help planting, weeding, and cutting edge grass and mowing without the use of gas-powered landscaping equipment, there are services that can provide you with the eco-friendly advice and service you seek. You don’t have to be an expert to keep your yard sustainable when you can hire appropriate professionals to provide the help you need.