Just because you maintain a garden or landscape does not mean it is eco-friendly; in fact, many are turning to green landscaping practices to save water, energy, and the carbon footprint that is left behind. Some other advantages of maintaining a Green Landscape include a reduction in pollution and a healthy outdoor space for family, staff, and clients- as well as a natural habitat for local wildlife.
Here’s how to make your landscape greener:
Watch the Water
A key component in a green landscape is irrigation- how will you water your plants and lawn? A landscape professional may be able to suggest self-sustaining options, such as native species of plants and grasses, that require little water and that are resilient to drought. Furthermore, this can go a long way toward lowering runoff and erosion.
Skip the Toxins
A green landscape avoids using chemicals and toxins on or around the property. These can be harmful to the wildlife and natural environment. There are biological pest control treatment options available; speak with a green landscaping professional to learn more and get rid of toxins in your landscaping. When it comes to pests, preventing them may be easier and less toxic than treating an infestation; we can help!
Recycle & Reuse
Another element of a green landscape to consider is reduction of waste through recycling and repurposing. If you are planning on having any construction projects on your property, choose a contractor that recycles and reuses materials. This may also be an effective way at curbing costs, too. Work with a landscape professional that is dedicated to the environment- and who offers recycling for yard debris and waste, turning limbs and leaves to mulch for example.
Create Natural Features
If you thoughtfully position gardens and ponds, you can catch rainfall and runoff before it becomes an issue on your property. These types of features are also effective at reducing the chemicals that find their way into watersheds. Choosing pollinator plants provide helpful bugs and insects a safe sanctuary to do their very-important work within the ecosystem.
Forget About Grass
Instead of trying to groom and force a lawn to grow where it struggles to thrive, why not embrace the ease of hardscapes? That is, use alternative landscape features like stone, paving, artificial turf, and water fountains or ponds. This will also cut down on the water consumption and sweat equity of trying to maintain and mow a lush lawn.
Want to learn more about green landscaping? Talk to the team at Carolina Services Grounds Division, a Commercial Landscaping and Ground Services Company in Charleston, SC. We work hard for our clients who wish to reduce the carbon footprint they leave behind. It’s our goal to create beautiful greenspaces for clients throughout the region.