Landscaping has long been used to decorate homes and gardens to make our environment more pleasant. Households and housing landscaping, however, can adversely affect the environment, especially when the land is designed without regard to the resources will be required to build and maintain it. Instead of shipping in plants and materials from overseas sites, which cost money and that can harm nature reserves where the materials came from, here’s how you can design earth friendly landscapes.
Research. The best way to start your landscape design is by doing your research on how to blend in with natural foliage and landscapes of the area. For example, some designs may cause dry areas and water shortages due to the amount of water that is required to maintain lush foliage, such as large expanses of green lawns. In addition to small plants, delivering the rocks and trees from one location to another is not only lead to an expense, but also means that you will use gasoline for the transportation of landscaping materials. The cumulative annual amount of gas spent in transporting landscaping pieces from one country to another can result in tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Earth-friendly design can be encouraged using the plants native to the area. Local plants are already suited to the climate and water conditions. So make sure you create a landscape design that makes best use of local flora. One of the main advantages of using plants that are readily available in your area is that you have the opportunity to cut back on transportation costs that you would otherwise have. In addition you will not need to add more water or waste precious resources since the plants have adapted to the natural rainfall patterns in your area. The plants will also last longer because they are designed to fit into the climate in your area. Many people are surprised by the diversity of the flora in their region. Take the time to research the plants that live in your area, and you will be surprised by how many beautiful plants that you can use.
You can also make the most of local rocks and stone. Seek durable materials that you can use to decorate your landscape design. If rock formations or volcanoes are near your area, use the rocks of these deposits in your design of your landscape. These resources will be accessible and cheap, because they are in your own city.
Recycle. Be sure to recycle the old landscaping materials you have in your backyard. If you make compost in your garden, use it to fertilize instead of purchasing fertilizer from retailers garden centers. Retailers will sell many types of fertilizer, but normally only have a small stock of organic fertilizer that is usually very expensive. Alternatively, make your own.
Finally, make a study of the existing geographical features of your site and create a design that fits in with the physical features that are already present. Make sure that your landscape does not affect the river and stream systems in your area, or the water that may be needed. If you have rolling plains, create a design that makes use of flat land. If you hilly country, create a design that makes the most of the natural slopes in your area.
Getting a beautiful landscape design for your home and backyard does not mean you need to adversely affect the environment. With careful planning and these earth-friendly ideas in mind, you can easily come up with a design that is “green”, fits in well with your environment and makes the most of our precious resources.