5 green-landscaping tips for an eco-friendly backyard
It’s never been more important than today to protect the environment. You can start doing so right in your eco-friendly garden. By incorporating eco-friendly practices in your landscaping project, you can save the environment and have a beautiful and healthy yard where you can spend time and reconnect with nature.
We have five green-landscaping tips that will help you design an eco-friendly and inviting backyard.
1. Choose native plants
Choosing native plants for your outdoor space is one of the best things you can do to have a beautiful and eco-friendly backyard. Flora native to your area, be it trees or plants, provide the best habitat for and attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial local wildlife.
What’s more, since the plants and trees in your area are acclimated to local weather and climate, they require very little maintenance, fertilizing, the use of pesticides, or supplemental watering. Once established, native plants are resistant to local pests, disease, and climate. So, their low maintenance helps you be more eco-friendly as a grower.
2. Use organic mulch
Use wood chips, bark, leaves, and pine needles as organic mulch for your plants. Organic mulch has plenty of benefits, including regulating soil temperature, retaining moisture, and overall, helping your garden plants remain healthy and habit. What’s more, organic mulch also helps inhibit weed growth in flowerbeds. You can ask for advice from a landskapsarkitekttjenester on what type of organic mulch works best in your garden.
Incorporating organic mulch into your landscape will help you reduce water usage by as much as 50%. So, you’ll be saving a lot of water.
3. Keep grass high and dry
When mowing your lawn, keep the grass higher, meaning that you shouldn’t cut more than a third of the total blade length. It’s best to mow more frequently than to cut too much of the grass’s length in your garden. What’s more, any landskapsarkitekt recommends that you should leave the grass clippings on the lawn, not collect them because they are filled with water and nitrogen, keeping your lawn moist and healthy.
If you really don’t like how the clippings look on your lawn, at least discard them in a compost bin to use them later as compost.
4. Harvest rainwater
Rainwater is a very important resource that keeps your garden green and healthy. So, it’s a pity to let it go to waste.
Harvested rainwater can be used to water plants, flowers, and vegetables if you grow some in your garden. What’s more, this greatly reduces the amount of outdoor household water usage.
5. Eliminate or minimize the use of fertilizers
Quick-release fertilizers and herbicides do more harm than good in the long term. They strip the soil of its natural nutrients and actually promote lawn disease. They contain many toxic chemicals that are polluting the environment and the soil in your garden, and it is actually making your lawn dependent on these chemicals. Any professional landskapsarkitekt that respects the environment will recommend using organic fertilizer or completely eliminating fertilizer use. You can completely eliminate the use of fertilizer by choosing native plants and keeping your soil healthy.