Not all landscaping adds up. While you may be drawn to planting certain aesthetically pleasing plants in your garden, some will cost you more in both time, environmental impact, and money.
Studies have shown that Americans use close to 9 billion gallons of water daily just for their lawns and gardens; in fact, 1/3 of all household water use simply goes toward landscaping irrigation.
As water becomes a more scarce resource, it is crucial for everyone to incorporate eco-friendly landscaping techniques that are appropriate to their region.
Benefits of Eco-Friendly Landscaping
Landscaping according to the unique needs of your region is an environment-friendly way of living your life. However, you’ll find that the benefits extend far beyond the environmental impact.
A blaring benefit is the reduction in water consumption. For example, plants accustomed to drought will still thrive even if you don’t water them during the dry months and plants that naturally sleep during the winter season don’t need specialized housing when the snow comes. This means less work for the homeowners, lower water expenses, and more time to simply enjoy your garden.
Eco-friendly landscaping is also a good way of maintaining the value of your housing. If you plan to sell your property in the future, an eco-friendly yard is a good selling point. It lets future buyers know that they can save on maintenance costs while still maintaining an appealing yard.
How to Do Eco-Friendly Landscaping
Eco landscaping starts by determining the unique characteristics of your region. From here, you can choose plants that can thrive in your particular weather. We have compiled some tips to help you get started:
- Xeriscaping is a landscaping technique based around dry and hot regions. It’s best used if you live in California, Arizona, Texas, some parts of Colorado, or any drought-prone region. Xeriscaping makes use of rocks, sand, or mulch to decorate the yard instead of grass. This way, there’s no need to install a sprinkler system.
- If you need grass on your lawn, just make sure to install an automatic sprinkler system for better control over water use.
- If you’re adding plants, consider varieties like cacti, trees, and succulents. These plant types can survive with very little water.
- Plants that need lots of water should be clustered together. This way, you only need to focus water on one part of the garden instead of scattered all over.
- Using pots for all of your plants makes it easy to monitor their water level.
- Installing rainwater bins gives you water to tend to your plants without it touching your utility bill.
- Plant climate-friendly plants or plants native to the area. For example, the daylily, bee balm, royal fern, and spiderwort all love the rain. These plants will continue to thrive and won’t be affected by overwatering if you live in a rainy area.
- If you live in a region where it’s freezing most of the time, evergreens are perfect. Evergreens are hardy plants that can withstand the snow season, and they manage to maintain their color despite the weather.
Eco-friendly landscaping is possible no matter where you live. A key point to remember is that you’re supposed to work with nature, not against it. With this simple principle, you can create excellent housing for plants and turn your real estate into a lush landscape.