Landscaping is the technique of transforming terrain into a beautified version of itself. By default, this process destroys the natural features that were present in the terrain in favor of an exemplified design of your choosing. However, the destructive effects of this process can be lessened by applying a few simple environmentally friendly landscaping ideas. Let’s take a look at some of the options.
First off, it’s important to decide whether you are going to use artificial grass or go all natural. Artificial grass has seen growing popularity over the years, in no small part due to the fact that its maintenance requirements are extremely low (it does not need to be mowed). Additionally, artificial grass does not require pest control or a water supply, creating very low overhead and environmental footprint.
Should you decide to go with natural grass and plants, the next things to consider are the types of plants you will use. Selecting ‘water-wise’ plants will help you cut down on watering requirements, lowering environmental impact as well as upkeep costs. A skilled landscaper can help you choose water-optimal plants for your area. When you do select the plants to use in your landscaping project, you should also consider native plant choices over more exotic options. While exotic plants can be attractive, plants that are native to your area are acclimated to the weather and possess an inherent resistance to local diseases and pests. Choosing native over exotic will increase the likelihood of a healthy and beautiful landscape.
Once your plant selections have been made, there are some logistical factors to consider that will help you to further reduce your impact on the environment. By following the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, you can limit the amount of waste you produce while still maintaining your project. Functional items like growing pots or viable fertilizer can be reused instead of being thrown away, allowing you to cut down your impact while simultaneously saving on cost.
When you have assembled your ideal landscape, it is likely you’ll want people to see it. Installing a lighting system will allow your project to be used regardless of time and weather conditions, but can be a heavy drain on power unless you adopt an energy-efficient arrangement. Installing solar-powered lighting devices can reduce power demand, while motion-triggered sensors can limit consumption to times when the area is in use. Both of these options can cut power costs dramatically and the motion-sensors have the added effect of deterring trespassers.
The process of developing the perfect landscape can be a complicated undertaking, but following these simple steps can relieve some of the stress and leave you with more time and energy for the interesting parts. If you are interested in environmentally friendly landscaping or just have some basic landscaping questions, Farmingville Masonry & Concrete Supply is available to assist you. You can visit us in person at 909 Horseblock Road or give us a call at (631) 320-0440, we’re happy to help!