A great yard can add a lot of value to your home but what kind of effect does it have on the environment? Everything that you alter and all of the chemicals you use for landscaping are going to have an impact on the land they are exposed to. Here are 5 things that will keep your yard looking great and the environment healthy.
- Conserve Energy
If you plan on having using landscape lighting, look into products that are solar powered. There are other ways of conserving energy in your home while landscaping. For instance, if you are planning on putting new trees in your yard consider their placement. If you have trouble cooling your home, place the tree so it blocks sunlight. If you have trouble keeping your home warm consider putting trees so they block winds. Having proper exhaust from your home heating source can help with landscaping as well. That way home heat is not wasted, and it will not potentially damage your plants.
- Choose Native Plants
Plants native to where you live will require a lot less maintenance from you. This means they are resistant to the pests and weather in your area, and do not require any special chemicals that can be harmful to the environment to survive. Native plants attract native wild life, which includes beneficial insects.
- Consider using Synthetic Turf
Bringing in non-native turf can be costly. This is because it’s difficult to maintain grass in a place it doesn’t grow naturally. This will not only conserve water, but it will be must less costly.
- Consider Xeriscaping
This refers to a type of landscaping that involves choosing and designing based on what will have the least need for watering. While this requires a lot of planning, the benefits will be worth the effort.
- Add Mulch
Adding mulch where you are growing plants will deter weeds and eliminate the maintenance that comes along with removing weeds. Not to mention the possible use of weed killing products. Most types of mulch will eventually decompose and enrich the soil.