How To Create A Sustainable Landscape
A truly sustainable design evaluates every aspect of your landscape with the goal to reduce any negative environmental impact while including features that are beneficial to the natural world and beautiful at the same time.
Sustainable design can come in many forms, listed below are just a few practices to get you started on this journey.
Create A Pollinator Garden in Your Yard-
Start by choosing native plants. These plants are suited specifically to your current growing conditions and provide a source of food for butterflies, bees, birds, and other animals.
Layer your design in a way that is most beneficial to the wildlife you wish to attract.
Select plants that vary in size, shape, color, and bloom time. Each plant is designed specially to meet the needs of certain insects, by having a wide selection you are sure to create a healthy ecosystem in your backyard.
Reduce Water Runoff
Use deep rooted perennials and grasses to hold soil in place. The thicker the roots the more water they can retain and absorb back into the soil.
Create a rain garden to capture storm water for use later.
Install drip irrigation where necessary to reduce waste and target water directly where the plants need it to thrive. In contrast watering from a hose everyday will lead to waste by coating the entire area with water rather than where the plant needs it.
Reduce Your Yard Waste
Ask yourself the following questions:
Does your landscape add to the landfill?
Do we need a huge lawn that produces grass clipping and yard waste?
Can we replace some of this area with wildflowers, grasses, and ornamental trees and shrubs?
As we embark on winter, now is a great time to think about the changes you want to make in your yard. Listed below are some of the top native plants to grow in your yard next season.
Bluebells - woodland lovers preferring part shade, attracts bees and other long-tongued insects.
Swamp Milkweed - has medicinal purposes, produces a great deal of nectar that attracts bees, beetles, and butterflies.
Paw Paw Tree- thrives in moist, well-drained soils in full sunlight, attracts various species of flies and beetles.
Sugar Maple Tree- provides great fall color, attracts deer, moose, rabbits and other animals.
If you aren't sure where to start or are struggling finding ways to incorporate native plants into your landscape, give us a call. One of our experienced designers would be happy to work with you!
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