It is official, 2018 is the year of going green. Since more and more people are paying attention to recycling, preserving nature and keeping the environment healthy and clean, it is time to get your garden ready, share some advice on how to create a sustainable landscape and become more eco-responsible.
Planting native species is a great way to create a sustainable landscape since native plants should ideally survive without excessive watering and are usually low maintenance. They are indigenous to the area which means they don’t need as many fertilizers or pesticides and are able to grow in specific weather conditions. For example, planting drought-tolerant native grass is a great solution to retain the appearance of conventional lawn in dry climate conditions without the need for excessive watering.
Water harvesting is a process of collecting rainwater, storing it for later use and recharging it into the groundwater again. It is a great solution for watering your lawn or garden while saving energy and money on your water bill while being eco-friendly. It is important to conserve stormwater and runoff water from your property as much as possible to avoid excessive watering and polluting soil with chemicals and contaminants from tap water.
Also, a smart way to create a sustainable landscape is composting organic waste. That means separating organic waste into separate compost bins to create a soil amendment that will improve the soil quality in your garden. Compost is rich in nutrients and it represents a natural process of recycling organic materials. While we’re on the topic, replacing pest-control chemicals with organic alternatives is also a crucial sustainable way to take care of your landscape. There are many recipes for making solutions using only organic ingredients that can replace pesticides that are good for nature and keep your garden pest-free.
Find a way to recycle local materials and give them a new shape. You can reuse materials such as old bricks, stones, lumber and even metal to create walkways, walls, decks etc. Professionals advise using sustainably sourced timber or timber composite products (to fill the spaces in your backyard) because it is a more eco-responsible solution in preference to imported timbers. Therefore whenever it is possible you should reuse recycled materials to contribute to the preservation of nature.
If you really want to create a landscape that is better for the environment you should think about using solar panels as an energy source. Using solar lights for your outdoor area is an excellent way to reduce your energy bill and light your garden through the night without additional power consumption. Solar lights capture the energy from the sun and store it, so they are charging while the sun is shining. When the night comes, the lights come on and remain burning until the dawn, when the daily cycle starts all over again. You won’t have to think about turning on and off the outdoor lights anymore.
You can incorporate a small bird house or bird bath in your outdoor area to support your local wildlife. It is a perfect option if you have small children since they will most definitely enjoy watching birds and taking care of the feeding part. Also, keep in mind that insects are not the enemy; they are pro-environment organic pest-control alternatives. Planting native plants in your garden will attract insects such as ladybugs and other beetles that will keep the balance in it and take care of harmful pests. That way you will offset the need for fungicides and pesticides.
If you are planning on going green all the way then these are some of the ways to adjust your outdoor area to create a sustainable, eco-friendly landscape design and become more eco-conscious.
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