Want to learn more about eco-friendly landscaping idea?
If you’re like most homeowners these days, you probably wouldn’t mind saving some extra cash here and there.
The current climate conditions of drought and increasing warmth are prompting homeowners to choose landscaping that has a positive impact on the environment. Here are a few landscaping ideas that you can adapt to make your lawn more environmentally-friendly.
Eco-Friendly Landscaping Plants
Native plants are plants that are native to the region in which they grow.
They are important because they are the cornerstone of biological diversity and provide a foundation for native eco-systems. Using native plants for landscaping is a wonderful practice that benefits not only the local habitat, but homeowners as well. Native plants are naturally drought-tolerant, helping reduce water and chemical usage.
In addition, native plants attracts butterflies and birds, resulting in increased diversity.
Replace Your Lawn With Artificial Turf
Every summer, homeowners spend thousands of hours using gas-powered push mowers to care for their lawn.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, approximately five percent of the air pollution in the United States comes from gas-powered mowers. In addition, the EPA estimates that homeowners spill more than more than 17 million gallons of fuel each year when they refuel lawn care equipment. Spilled fuel not only contaminates ground water, but it also evaporates into the air affecting the ozone layer.
Artificial turf is an environmentally responsible way of having a lush green lawn while also conserving precious natural resources.
Artificial grass lawns are a beautiful, lush, low-maintenance alternative to a traditional lawn. If you want a responsible landscaping alternative, an artificial lawn is the way to go, offering many benefits to the environment including chemical-free maintenance and water conservation. Artificial turf does not contain any allergens like natural grass. It never needs mowing, edging or weed-eating and harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not required to care for artificial grass.
Artificial turf can also help builders meet the strict United States LEED Guidelines for sustainable building.
Use Recycled Landscaping
Many homeowners have increased the use of recycled materials in landscape design as sustainable living has become more popular. Take a look at the ideas below to learn how you can reuse material and items in your landscape.
- Recycled artificial grass- Buy used artificial turf at a fraction of the cost of new. This saves both money and benefits the environment.
- Build a recycled fence-a recycled fence can be a lovely addition to your garden. Salvaged metal and recycled lumber are perfect for creating a unique sustainable fence.
- Upcycle unwanted materials into planters- One of the easiest, and perhaps most fun, forms of upcycling is turning unwanted items, such as old tires, rain gutters and coffee cans into plant containers. Instead of throwing away that old wagon, paint it and add some soil and plants. You can also take salvaged building materials and architectural items to make your own reclaimed planters.
- Make a Pallet Garden-Find an unwanted shipping pallet and repurpose it into a vertical garden. A vertical garden is ideal as it will ensure that plants stay out of reach from destructive pests.
Sustainable landscape design can help lessen both the usage of resources and the production of waste in your yard. In order to make your landscape as eco-friendly as possible, it is important to conserve materials, reduce waste, avoid the use of chemicals and treat water as a resource.
Whether you just moved into your home and are starting your landscaping from scratch or are updating your existing landscaping, the ideas above will help you design a eco-friendly landscape that is easy to maintain and good for the environment.