How Landscape Design Can be Environmentally Friendly

How Landscape Design Can be Environmentally Friendly

ByGroovy Green Aug 22, 2014

Landscaping your property can pay dividends, especially if it is done by a professional. Not only will it increase the sales potential and value of your home, if done properly, landscape design can save a great deal on the costs of water, fertilizer and losing plants. How?

A professional can ensure your plants are suited to the area and that they are in a position in the garden that suits them best. Placing shade-lovers in a dry, sunny position and sun lovers in the shade is a recipe for plant loss. And it happens more often than you may imagine simply because we purchase plants that appeal to us in looks, not to suit the garden we have.

Some of us also tend to stick plants in the garden wherever there is a spare space and we don’t think about their watering needs. Some plants will rot away if they get too much water while others thrive on it. Put the two close together and one of them is not going to survive. The same applies when it comes to fertilisers. Some plants prefer one type while other plants don’t like any or not so much.

Australian natives especially, don’t thrive if they have a lot of fertiliser, so if they are planted with anything that is known as a gross feeder – that is, it likes a lot of fertiliser – then one of the two is not going to thrive and indeed, is likely to die off completely.

Landscape design can also be environmentally friendly when the whole property is designed to retain natural rainwater by placing garden beds in a location to catch the run-off, by terracing and by planting water lovers in damp spots. Automated watering systems that have sensors to indicate when watering is needed can save on the use and cost of water.

A landscaping professional will know how and when to apply compost and mulch to make sure soil has natural fertiliser and to keep the soil moist. Reducing the use of water is a great way to be eco friendly and save on the costs. If your home is in a dry climate you can still have a beautiful garden by choosing easy care plants that don’t need much water.

Landscaping will make use of many other elements apart from plants in garden beds to beautify the whole area.  Trees and shrubs, water features, topiary, statues or whimsical figurines, hedges, decorative retaining walls and paths, seating and many more components can be included to ensure your property is a place you can enjoy living in no matter what the season. Having a gorgeous, environmentally friendly garden doesn’t happen by chance, but it will certainly enhance your lifestyle.

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