Planning Ahead For A More Sustainable Landscape
The days may be shorter and the nights colder, but it’s never early to think about planning your spring landscaping. With each new year, we learn more about the benefits to our earth and our wallets when we plant a more sustainable landscape and garden. If you hope to start the next year off with a renewed sense of awareness, designing a more purposeful landscape can be a rewarding experience.
Ever feel like your time spent gardening and tending your landscape is all about fighting weeds? While you may not want to let the weeds take over, you can look to replace finicky ornamental plants with those more native to your region. Native plants can have the ability to survive without excessive water and chemicals, making them a top priority in a more sustainable landscape design. Plants and trees that are indigenous to your areas will not only prove to be hardier; they will also provide excellent resources for natural wildlife.
Invite Wild Species
As much as we’d like not to admit it, where we build our homes and how we use our property impacts regional wildlife. It is essential to our ecosystem that we try to support our birds, insects, reptiles, and mammals as much as possible to help create a more balanced and healthy environment. Native plants and trees will encourage visits from pollinators and wildlife that depend on these resources to thrive. You can also place bird feeders, pollinator gardens, and dense berry shrubs and use natural pesticides and fertilizers to encourage wild visitors to make use of your space.
No sustainable landscape is complete without a system for conservating water. Water harvesting is an easy method for homeowners to implement in any terrain. The process of water harvesting is collecting and storing rainwater for use as needed. This eco-friendly method can consist of placing rain barrels to collect water runoff on your property and using rain bells and other ornamental elements that contain water and direct it to desired areas.
Reuse Recyclables & Materials
Reusing materials such as stone, wood, brick, and metal to line your landscape beds and walkways can not only add exciting elements but also keep these items out of the landfill. Consider ways to include what you already have as yard art or water features instead of purchasing additional materials. When you do purchase materials, look for those that are locally sourced in your region.
Professional Landscape Design
When you are ready to plan your new year’s landscape design that will include more sustainable options, contact Blue Morning Landscapes for professional and creative ideas of how to beautifully and cost consciously increase your property’s sustainability.