Green Landscaping Tips for Creating a Beautiful Yard

by Shane Jones

in Sustainable

Green landscaping in front yard

Nothing beats a beautifully landscaped yard with every rock, garden and tree placed in the perfect spot. Of course, there can be a big price to pay for this kind of yard, and it doesn’t all come out of your wallet.

Even after you’ve created the perfect landscape, you still have to invest time, energy, and resources into maintaining the plant life and keeping it pest-free. The water, pesticides, and electric power needed to do this, however, can take a toll on the environment. Before hiring your landscaper, keep these tips in mind to ease your workload – and your conscience.

Choose Low-Maintenance Plants

Those exotic plants might have looked beautiful when you saw them on your vacation, but growing them in your yard would be like doing business with a load cell manufacturer whose parts don’t fit your equipment. Make your yard more manageable by sticking with familiar flora.

Pick plants that grow well in your region of the country and require minimal care. Choose spots in your yard that get the most sunlight, and make sure plants and trees don’t get too big for nearby power lines. Give your plants an even better chance of thriving by adding mulch and [amazon_link id=”B002D925D6″ target=”_blank” ]compost to your soil[/amazon_link]. If you have to use fertilizer, use “slow release,” which distributes nutrients slowly.

 

Use Water Wisely

Water is slowly becoming a precious resource, in part because people are trying to maintain poorly-planned yards. Using proper plants and soil gives you a leg up on water conservation, but choosing when and where to water makes your efforts go even further.

First, water only when you need to. Water annual plants at the first signs of wilting, and water perennials only when they lose their bounce. Water plants early in the morning to prevent the evaporation that occurs in the afternoon. If you run into a dry spell, don’t over-water; instead, water once a month to maintain the soil through the fall.

 

Keep Pests at Bay

Pest management has been a big part of gardening, but it’s also helped jump-start the environmental movement (anyone remember DDT?). Luckily, the practice has evolved enough that you can keep your garden pest-free and still protect the earth.

[pullquote]We all want a beautiful yard, but there’s a smarter, greener way to create one.[/pullquote]Give yourself a head-start by using mulch soil and growing pest-resistant plants. Remove dead and diseased plants as soon as possible to remove the pests’ favorite hiding places. Keep weeds out of your yard. Mow your grass a little taller to give enough cover to kill growing weeds. Replant annuals in different locations to minimize their risk of pests and disease.

We all want a beautiful yard, but there’s a smarter, greener way to create one. Plan your landscaping project with these basics in mind and give yourself a yard that blooms, blossoms, and protects the environment.

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