Save The Planet By Planting Plants: Eco-Friendly Techniques For Landscape Design

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Can you have a beautiful yard that's also environmentally friendly? Of course, as long as you practice eco-friendly landscape design techniques. By minimizing your impact on the environment, you can enjoy your yard while knowing that you're helping to preserve the health of nature. By planting native plants in your garden, you can even benefit indigenous wildlife and make the local ecology stronger. As a bonus, you can also save on your monthly water bill by reducing your water usage. Here are the techniques you need to integrate into your garden design to create an eco-friendly landscape.

Reduce Your Water Usage to Minimize Impact on the Local Water Table

By switching to a more efficient irrigation system, you can both reduce your landscape's environmental impact and save on your monthly water bill. Instead of spray irrigation or manual watering, consider hiring a landscape design contractor to install a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation is installed in the ground and waters the plants at the root where it's needed.

You can also use a rain barrel to water your plants. Place a large plastic barrel underneath your house's gutter runoff spout so that it fills up every time it rains. You can even connect the barrel to your drip irrigation system for even more efficient water usage.

Prefer Landscaping With Native Plants to Benefit Indigenous Wildlife

When you're considering how to design your garden, select plants that are native to the local environment instead of those that are exotic. Not only are they more suited to local temperature and soil conditions, but they're also beneficial to native wildlife. Birds and insects indigenous to the region are perfectly suited to thrive in a native garden. Birds are an excellent thing to attract to your garden, acting as a natural form of pest control — they love to eat insects, many of whom are feasting upon your plants or spreading disease.

Avoid Strong Chemical Fertilizers to Prevent Heavy Metal Accumulation in the Environment

Fertilizers are a boon to gardeners everywhere — they allow you to grow healthy plants on poor soil by adding minerals. Unfortunately, many chemical fertilizers also contain small amounts of unwanted heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. While the amount of heavy metals in these fertilizers are too small to harm your plants, they're washed away by the rain and end up in local streams, rivers, or aquifers. Over time, they begin to accumulate and become a threat to plants and animals.

You can either purchase natural fertilizers or make your own with a compost heap. A compost heap is the most eco-friendly solution since it keeps your yard waste and vegetable scraps out of the local landfill. Instead, it turns them into excellent natural fertilizer for your garden.

If you'd like to have a beautiful garden without harming the local environment, contact a landscape design company with expertise in eco-friendly landscaping techniques, like W.H. Boyer, Inc. They'll show you ways to integrate native plants into your yard in a beautiful way and show you environmentally friendly ways to keep your plants thriving.

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