More and more people are realizing the importance of being environmentally responsible and asking how they can have a beautiful landscape as well as nurture wildlife and reduce one’s impact on the environment. If you would like your outdoor space to a be a safe, healthy, eco-friendly place for friends and family to gather to relax, eat, and play together then you might consider now some of these “green” options.
1. Native plants
Using plants that are native to your area also means they are more suited to growing in your local environment, which makes them more resistance to pests and diseases. It also means they will require less maintenance and water than other more exotic plants.
2. Butterflies and Bees
Provide areas in your yard and garden to attract nature’s pollinators; the butterflies and bees. In North America we are in the midst of a major bee epidemic and bees are a much needed source of pollination for crop production so any steps we can take to increase the bee population is good step ecologically speaking. It has been suggested that having 10 or more species of attractive plants is the best way to entice most bees.
Planting trees is a great benefit to the environment, not only can trees reduce pollution by cleaning the air we breathe, they can also reduce energy use. Planting a deciduous tree which drops its leaves in the fall is a great way to provide shade in the summer and allow sunlight to flow through in the winter. Planting trees on the east and west facing sides of your home will maximize their benefit. You can also plant evergreen trees to block the cold winter winds. Once you have determined the most dominant direction of wind during the winter months you can then plant your evergreens upwind to achieve the best protection.
4. Automatic Irrigation system
Having a built in sprinkler system can actually reduce water usage especially if your landscaping has different water requirements in different zones. Plants and trees benefit from deep root soaking periodically rather than light shallow watering. And watering the yard in the early morning will reduce water loss to evaporation as well aid in absorption. Drip irrigation systems are even more efficient and allows you to deliver the water directly to where it is needed.
5. Water permeable patio
A growing trend in landscape materials for patios is using materials that are water permeable. There are many options available from flagstone to new permeable pavers made of concrete and other materials that allow water to flow through to the aquifers rather than pool and evaporate.
6. Recycled materials
Using building materials that are recycled is also another way to benefit the environment. There are many products available that use recycled materials like rubbers and plastics and keep them out of our landfills. They have recycled patio pavers as well as materials that will create a beautiful deck that looks like wood. They even have recycled concrete that is used like gravel.
7. Organic fertilizer
Organic fertilizers help the environment in many ways. One of the biggest reasons to use an organic material on your lawn and plants is to reduce harmful wastewater run off. Another very good reason to use organic products is because they are safer for you, your family, and your pets.
You can make a difference to the environment from your own backyard! If you are interested in sustainable landscape designs that reduce waste and promote a healthy environment, contact Organic Solutions! Inc., a family owned business that cares about you, your family and the environment in which you work, live, and play.
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