Eco-Friendly Landscaping Tricks
Of course you want a beautifully landscaped lawn, with blooming flowers and green, leafy trees. What family wouldn’t? No one wants to look at a boring, empty space. Unfortunately, manicured lawns aren’t exactly eco-friendly.
Right about now, you’re probably thinking, “Wouldn’t additional grass, trees and flowers be eco-friendly?” You’re not factoring in the water you’ll need, as well as the fertilizer, pest control and electricity. Soon you’ll discover that your average landscaped lawn is far from eco-friendly.
So, how do you balance your desire to be eco-friendly with your desire for landscaping? When you’re conservative with energy and water, as well as using organic pesticides and fertilizers, you will have a more sustainable landscape. Other tricks of the trade can also be employed to bump up the eco-friendliness. We offer these strategies to give your lawn an eco-friendly makeover.
Choose Your Plants Wisely
Maybe you’ve fallen in love with the look of green grass. Not only does an acre of green gas require a lot of maintenance, it’s also going to require a great deal of water, as well as fertilizer. When it comes to personal landscaping, not all plants are eco-friendly.
For example, investors were seeking out the next big eco-friendly plant trend. They settled on oil palm trees, because they were told by professionals that oil palms were seriously green. It took experts from Avacade Investment to determine that oil palms weren’t greener. Just like the grass isn’t always greener.
Before a look is settled on, you need to research different plants. You may want to put some focus into xeriscaping. Xeriscaping ensures your plants won’t require as much water, because you’ve chosen plants that are native to your area and you’ve planted them in areas that don’t face harsh winds.
Your lawn mower is using up gas, as well as energy. Your lighting is also wasting valuable energy. You could fix these problems by choosing energy efficient tools.
Energy efficient lawn mowers are popping up everywhere. These eco-friendly alternatives to the standard gas guzzler promote energy conservation, clean air and lawn health. You may find that a little more muscle is required to operate these babies, but it’s worth it when you consider the favor you’re doing Mother Nature.
Lighting should be solar powered. This way, you don’t have to rely on electricity. Place lights in an area where they can receive lots of sunshine throughout the day. Then, you can move them to covered areas at night.
Water Conservation = Energy Conservation
Water conservation goes hand-in-hand with energy conservation. You’ll be saving energy by not having to mow as much lawn. You’ll also save energy by forgoing an irrigation system. In order to call your lawn eco-friendly, cutting back on both water and energy usage is necessary.
Better Homes and Gardens recommend installing a rain garden. BHG defines a rain garden as “a landscaped garden placed in a shallow depression where runoff from your home’s roof or hardscaping is directed instead of a storm sewer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says nearly 70 percent of water pollution comes from stormwater runoff, and half of that pollution comes from chemicals used in our yards and homes, so creating a rain garden helps stop pollution at its source.”
Stop Fuel Emissions in their Tracks
BHG also recommends that you avoid using gas-powered machines, like leaf vacuums, snow blowers and chainsaws. This will help curb fuel emissions.
Other ways to reduce/stop fuel emissions include:
· Use manual tools
· Mow your law less frequently
· Keep a smaller lawn
· Keep your grass 3” long during summer months