Make Landscaping Eco-Friendly
When planning your next landscaping project, being friendly with the environment should always be prioritized especially with the California drought. Eco-landscaping, also known as green landscaping, is focused on creating a landscape that saves time, money, and energy. Here are some key components to keeping your landscape economically friendly.
Scouting out the location of where you are planning to do your latest landscaping job is very important. Many factors such as weather conditions, where certain shade/sun hits, drainage properties, how much maintenance you are willing to do, and your budget all need to be taken into consideration before starting any project. Any natural flaws or imperfections in the location you are planning to do to your next landscaping project, can actually cause some problems and counteract your attempt to being eco-friendly. It is always important to know the key components when it comes green landscaping. Make sure to seek professional help when planning your next landscape project.
Choosing the Right Plants.
When trying to create the perfect landscape, it is important to choose the right plants. Usually native plants are adapted to your environment. For example, succulents are a great choice if you are living through this California drought. Succulents are very low maintenance plants, have all sorts of different sizes, and comes in different colors.
Be aware of what types of plants you want to put in your landscape and where you will want to put them. The placement of plants is also important. Keep plants with similar care together, to make it easier and more efficient.
Avoiding chemicals is one of the most obvious ways to stay eco-friendly, yet it is one of the most neglected ways as well. Not many people realize that commercial fertilizers usually contain a mixture of harsh chemicals. Local nurseries in your area will also usually carry “organic” fertilizers. But if you’re willing to go all natural, you can use compost to fertilize by collecting fruit/vegetable peels, dead leaves, and grass clippings in a compost bin.
Make sure you are watering responsibly. Ditch the automatic sprinklers and use drip irrigation, which is a form of irrigation that saves water and fertilizer. Using sprinklers can waste up to 30-50 percent of water applied and only water lawns and certain plants when they need it.
Utilities such as using a reel mower instead of a gas or electric mower and using solar landscaping lights will help reduce energy.
If you already have your landscape done and ready to go, try following these tips on transforming a more eco-friendly environment. Our team at California Landscape and Design provide drought tolerant landscaping. Contact us for more information.