Landscaping trends come and go but there are many that withstand the test of time. The eco-friendly movement is no stranger to the landscaping industry and many homeowners are adopting its practices.
If you are concerned about the environment and you take pride in your landscape and its beautification, you are most likely practicing at least one of these trends. If not, hopefully, you can discover something new and take another step towards green living.
Part of eco-friendly living is using the Earth’s resources as efficiently as possible without waste. Xeriscaping is the art of landscaping without the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Many climates cannot access plentiful water so xeriscaping is a necessity. To save resources in other ways, consider plants that thrive in environments that do not require much water.
Those pesky weeds can mess up our gardens and wreak havoc on our lives. If you are familiar with the frequent removal of weeds, but you are concerned about chemicals, organic methods will get the job done.
There are hundreds of methods to kill weeds naturally, but for brevity, we will discuss the top few.
If you are in the beginning stages of landscape design or re-landscaping a small patch of land, consider soil solarization. The process is quite involved, but worth the effort. If you are unfamiliar with the technique, consult a professional to help you.
Landscape fabrics act as weed barriers while allowing air, water, and nutrients to flow freely into the soil. Apply garden mulch on top of the landscape fabric to form a proper foundation for your flowers and plants.
Herbicides will attack the seeds of the weeds before they have a chance to sprout. Natural alternatives such as corn gluten act as a pre-emergent herbicide, controlling weed growth from the seed stage. Be careful, though, because corn gluten can inhibit the germination of all seeds even the ones you want to germinate. For weeds that are fully grown, vinegar works well as a weed killer. Use one with high acetic acid content.
Ridding Your Landscape of Invasive Plants
Invasive plants are exotic plants from far-away countries that invade your natural ecosystem. They crop up in strange places and threaten your beautiful landscape. Though some are welcomed depending on the homeowner, most are regarded as a small step above weeds. When they get out of control and crowd out your precious plants, it’s time to take control.
Recycling is one of the most common eco-friendly trends and it is applicable to many household practices. Help save the planet by making compost out of grass, weeds, leaves, or newspapers. Another way to save the planet is to re-use your plastic pots as plant labels.
There are many more eco-friendly landscaping practices to adopt. Visit your neighborhood nursery for assistance or research the internet for tips and tricks to help the environment. A little effort goes a long way when it comes to the environment. If we all do our part, no matter how little, the collective effort will make a difference.