Going Green: Eco-Friendly Landscape Design

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Studies show that spending time in a natural outdoor environment that blooms with flowers, trees, and plants is beneficial to the mind, body, and soul. No wonder many property's landscape feature well-manicured lawns and lush gardens. When landscaping your property, however, it is prudent to use methods and designs that will give you the desired look, without harming the environment. For instance, avoid using harmful pesticides and equipment that will contribute to flooding, drought, pollution or even loss of wildlife habitation. If you desire to make earth greener, here are some eco-friendly landscaping designs you can try. 

Install artificial grass or synthetic turf
Even though natural grass offers a striking lush green look, they require frequent watering to keep them beautiful and healthy. That means that you will have to pour water on the ground, which over a year, is a significant sum. If you are interested in conserving water, why not replace these natural water guzzlers with the synthetic turf or artificial grass. They look just as attractive, and you will not need to irrigate them. Not only will you be saving the environment right in your backyard, but you will notice a significant drop in your water bills. Besides, depending on the city you reside in, you might even benefit from rebate programs.


Reduce the lawn space
Another way for you to save water, energy and the environment is by reducing the size of your garden. A smaller sized field will naturally require less watering, fertilization, and attention than a larger one. You could, therefore, replace some of the lawn space with eco-friendly landscaping solutions like low-maintenance plants, benches, rock gardens, and gazebos. You could also use for your property's landscape eco-friendly walkways, permeable pavers, and patios made with concrete, gravel, bark or reclaimed materials. Such designs will not only help you save water but also enable you to retain your favorite natural green grass. 

Group similar plants together
Besides opting for low-maintenance plants, you should consider xeriscaping, where you group plants that have same growth requirements together. For instance, if you group plants according to their watering needs, you will significantly reduce the overall amount of water you will use, as well as the amount of time you spend.

Choose the right plants
The use of plants on your lawn is a great way to make your property stand out. If you want your property's landscape to include trees or flowers, it is wise to go for non-invasive and non-aggressive native species that thrive in your area and are naturally resistant to drought, pests, and diseases. The beauty of having such plants is that you will not need to water or apply chemicals to them frequently. Moreover, if you wish to use wood for fencing, or any other yard structure, avoid chemical-treated wood and instead opt for rot-resistant varieties. Find out from the local experts which plants would be best for you to use.


Landscape to save energy
If your concern is the high-energy bills, you could consider landscaping designs aimed at making your home both eco-friendly and energy efficient. An excellent technique is wind channeling, through which you use trees, vines, shrubs or any other suitable vegetation to alter the direction of the breeze and regulate indoor temperatures during the hot and cold seasons. Likewise, you could use the trees to provide warmth in winter and shade in summer. All you need to do is identify deciduous trees and plant them on the south side of your home. Such a design can slash your energy bills by a whopping twenty percent.


Add mulch
Exposed ground leads to massive evaporation, which means you will have to aerate your plants more. Fortunately, through mulching, you can reduce the amount of water loss. Besides, the mulch can help you create attractive designs on your property. You can cover the exposed surface as well as those around plants with organic mulching options like leaves, pine straws, wood chips, bark, compost and wet newspapers. Beyond retaining moisture, they will decompose over time and improve the soil nutrients. Furthermore, they will prevent soil erosion and growth of weeds.


Solar based Outdoor lighting
Outdoor lighting solutions are a novel way of revamping your property’s landscape. They enhance both the aesthetic appeal and perceived value of the home, and most importantly they add a sense of security and lushness. They also make your house visible to prospective renters and buyers even after dusk. The primary challenge with outdoor lighting, however, is that they will spike up your energy bills. Therefore, instead of going for electrical powered lights, settle for those that run on renewable solar energy.


You do not have to be an environmental activist to contribute to making the environment safe. You can begin right in your garden and make a difference albeit in a small way. You just need to be considerate of Mother Nature, by using the right materials in the right place.


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30 comments

  1. I love the ideas you shared! We have some solar lighting, and I so enjoy the look of it. I really want to get my landscaping done, but I've had zero time! Ugh!

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    1. I know, I always feel the same way about time!

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  2. I'll keep this in mind. We do use a lot of mulch. And we have solar lighting.

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  3. My foster mum uses solar panel outdoor lighting and she also has solar panels. She is very passionate on going eco friendly and I think it is a great attitude to have !

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    1. Good for her! Yes it is a great attitude!

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  4. I've never thought about using artificial grass or synthetic turf. In our case, not only would it reduce our water bill, but I imagine our lawn would look lush even with two golden retrievers! Great tips x

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    1. I was sceptical about it at first but it is a water saver, and in your case pet friendly too!

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  5. These are great tips! What a great way to help the environment and be efficient!

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  6. I'm looking at doing our garden and these are some great tips! Defo getting involved with solar lighting!

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  7. Useful tips. I'll have think about mulch on my flower bed before summer kicks in!

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  8. These are all great tips. i am obsessed with recycling because I think that is at least I can do for our Mother Nature.

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    1. I have some good ideas on recycling, check out my craft section!

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  9. I still do not live in a house in order to maintain a backyard. I cannot wait to design a beautiful landscape one day.

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  10. I love this, I love driving around and looking at each houses landscape... I'm OBSESSED lol i can't wait till I get a big yard so I can garden :)

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    1. lol that's a good obsession nevertheless!

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  11. We don't have lights in the garden but I was considering getting some. Solar lights might be just what I need.

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    1. Get yourself a good quality one, it will last for decades!

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  12. Great post! I support anything that is eco friendly. I will be sure to save these nots for when we but our first home.

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  13. Solar lighting is so simple to use and it's so efficient. I hadn't really considered having a smaller lawn, but the photo you showed shows a stunning way to find that balance.

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    1. Well the photo is of an exceptional house indeed, we can all incorporate a few eco friendly things in ours

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  14. i have to be in a natural environment otherwise i tend to get depressed!

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  15. I am working on buying a lot of indoor and outdoor plants for Summer this year. I am glad I found your blog. Reading all your houseplant posts.

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    1. That's nice! We can't live without them me and my husband!

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