Green landscaping is more than selecting the plants that are the most aesthetically pleasing. It’s about choosing the right plants along with the most efficient use of water and resources to sustain your lawn. The closer it resembles the natural biosphere, the more it will take care of itself.
Sound like something you might be interested in tackling? Below are some helpful and easy practices for your next green landscaping project.
The Right Lawn
Choose the grass best suited to your local climate and conditions. Make sure to do your homework. Native flora is your best bet, as it’s already adapted to live in your environment and will require minimal upkeep.
The Right Dirt
Healthy plants need healthy environs, so make sure your soil has the right balance of nutrients.
Landscaping layout is also very important to the health of your lawn. Make sure to utilize natural light, provide drainage, and take advantage of rainfall where possible.
For a truly green landscape, you need to use the right materials:
- Use recycled materials
- Design lighting prudently to decrease energy use
- Use solar power
- Reduce ambient light pollution
- Choose and greener equipment that uses more sustainable fuel sources
- Use organic pest management solutions
- Avoid pesticides prohibited by environmental groups
The more you acclimate your lawn to the existing environment, the easier it will be to maintain. The best lawns are self-regulating, because they use the existing structures and soil to take care of themselves. Which means a beautiful lawn and a lot less work for you!