Eco friendly landscaping is an essential part of a green architecture. You can do the green landscaping on your own saving you money, making your home beautiful, and sustaining environment.Dr Prem Jagyasi shares some tips you can use to do eco-friendly landscaping efficiently:
Climate plays a big role in eco friendly landscaping
Climate plays an integral role to make a plant survive, so make sure you consider the climate before choosing plants for your backyard. They should be the ones that can easily thrive in the local climatic conditions. Get a collection of native plants, as they are accustomed with the local conditions and drop the idea of bringing non-native plants. If you want, you can bring some non-native ornamental plants and keep them in your home but not for outdoors.
Evergreen trees and shrubs
Climate keeps changing but you cannot keep changing your plants once you have set up an eco-friendly landscape. A viable solution to this problem is to plant evergreen trees and shrubs so that they serve as shields for other plants, protecting them from heavy rains and scorching sunrays. Before planting them, you must find out the usual wind direction in your area and the accordingly plant trees, so that they serve as barriers for chilly winds that might cause your plants some harm.
The main concepts of Xeriscaping are applicable to all gardens and landscapes, so use them while designing your eco-friendly landscape. Xeriscaping is a concept that encourages usage of low-water use plants, reduction of turfgrass, use of efficient irrigation systems, and some environmental friendly options. You can use them all and enhance the green quotient of the landscape you are designing.
Use of energy efficient and non-polluting lawn mowers
Gas mowers are definitely time-savers but if you take into consideration their other factors such as pollution, you will start hating them. You should use reel mowers that are easy to use, are efficient and are cleaner. They follow clean and green technology, using them will enhance the eco-friendly quotient of your green landscaping process.
Composting is something you must add as a feature to your eco-friendly landscape. You can use garden waste (grass clippings, leaves) for composting and the kitchen waste (vegetable and fruit peels) for composting. Doing so prevents your kitchen and garden waste ending up on landfill sites contributing to pollution, and helps providing essential and the required nutrition to plants in your garden. This way you can get rid of the chemical fertilizer usage, and maintain your garden health in an environmental friendly way.
Use natural products for the landscape maintenance
Organic tools, organic nutrients, you get them all in the market, so why opt chemical fertilizers that are not good for the soil, for the environment, and for you. Start with tools that do not release any harmful emissions, and have minimal environmental impact. Coming to the pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, and other nutrients, stop investing in chemical ones and opt for the natural ones that benefit plants, help maintain landscapes, without causing any harm to the environment.
Cut down water use
Try to hand water plants and grass if possible and if not, then invest in small sprinkler system and ensure you pay close attention to its usage, so that you can prevent water wastage. Install a rainwater harvesting system, store rainwater and use it wisely to water your eco-friendly landscape so that it remains fresh and green.
Install solar powered lights
Consider solar-powered lights to light up your eco-friendly landscaping. Using solar powered landscaping lights can bring a considerable fall in your energy use and expenditure.
Eco friendly landscaping is not an overly tough task. All it needs is some attention to detail and willingness to adopt new technologies and sustainable methods.