Eco Friendly Landscaping – It Is Easier Than You Think!

By   June 26, 2015

Eco FriendlyDo you want to help save the environment more than you already are? (Assuming you use cloth bags at the grocery store, recycling cans and plastics and all the common sense stuff.). How about going out in the backyard and look at some of the eco friendly design tips we have to offer here:

Not only will these tips help you go eco friendly, but it will give your backyard a greener landscape like you’ve always dreamed about. By re-configuring your outdoor space with the right materials and plants, you can be kind to Mother Nature, enjoy minimal maintenance and upkeep as well as enjoy the finished product.

Synthetic Turf

The EPA tells us that landscape with non-native turf grass can cost over 6 times what native grasses do over 20 years when it comes to maintenance.  Replace that grass that guzzles water with synthetic turf. You’ll not only be contributing to Mother Nature’s health, but you’ll be saving on your water bill too.

Lawn Space Reduction

Instead of a lot of grassy lawn, look at reducing that by increasing your patio area and walkways as well as adding in low-maintenance plants. The less grass you have, the less you need to mow and water, which is a great money and time saver.

Certified Wood Choices

Reduce your landscaping’s impact on the resources that Earth offers while maximizing an eco friendly design with materials that are FCS approved. Avoid chemically treated wood and go with regional natural species that are rot-resistant.

Reusable Materials

Instead of buying new, look at what you have already that can be recycled as landscaping material or reuse what you have already.

Low-Maintenance Plants

Go with drought-resistant plants to reduce maintenance and water. While cactus and yucca are the first things that may come to mind, they aren’t the only options. Look for asters, marigolds, pansies, tulips and ornamental grasses. Add planting clover to your landscape for a natural insect-resistant material that resists weeds and reduces the need for pesticides.