What is Green Landscaping?
Green landscaping is a method to design, create, and maintain your landscape to save time, money and energy. There are many benefits to green landscaping, including reduced harm to the environment, saved time and money with lower maintenance, healthier places to work and play, and habitats for wildlife.
- Use native plants that flourish in your area.
- Plant a wall of hedges instead of building a fence. It looks great, provides a new home for wildlife, and is “Green”!
- Plant trees on the South and West side of your home to gain shade on hot summer days. Deciduous trees, like Oak, Maple, and Cherry, shed leaves in fall and winter to provide sun and warmth for those cold winter days.
- Collect rain water with a rain barrel and use to water your plants.
- Install a rain garden.
- Water lawns in the morning. This allows the most water absorption and the least amount of evaporation.
- Look into xeriscaping. This sort of landscaping focuses on selecting plants for water conservation
- Test your soil. You may find that you do not need to add any chemicals at all. If you need added nutrients, use compost or other organic materials.
- Apply fertilizer to lawns only in fall and spring when it is most beneficial to the grass.
Reduce Fuel Emissions
- Avoid spilling gasoline when filling a gas tank.
- Switch from gasoline-burning to clean electrical-burning machines.
- Use manual tools, such as push mowers and hand tools.
- Mow less. Did you know that keeping your grass at least 3 inches long in summer preserves moisture and maintains healthy root structure?
- Transform part of your lawn into a garden to reduce fuel emissions and save time.
Other Green Landscaping Activities
- Avoid bagging your lawn clippings. When the clippings fall to the ground, they will decompose and add natural nutrients to your lawn.
- Buy mulch in bulk to avoid using multiple plastic bags.
- Recycle garden pots.
- Use recycled bricks, stone, glass and other materials for landscaping.
- Use permeable pavers for hardscaping. They allow water to flow into the ground instead of becoming run-off.
- Use motion detected and solar-powered lighting to reduce energy consumption around your yard.