On April 22nd Americans all over the country will partake in various efforts to help conserve the environment in celebration of Earth Day, and if you’ve been looking for ways to go green consider starting with your landscape. A few of the simple ways you can go green in your landscape include, but aren’t limited to:
- Planting all or a majority of native plants instead of those of exotic species.
- Conserving water by harvesting rainwater, xeriscaping, or watering only when necessary.
- Using mulch around plants to prevent weeds and hold water.
- Composting to fertilize your landscape with natural nutrition.
- Leaving clippings on your lawn or using them as mulch.
- Restricting your use of pesticides.
- Strategically placing plants to reduce the heating and cooling costs of your home.
For help getting started or maintaining your landscape with eco-friendly practices contact Phase One Landscapes at 303-750-6060 if you are in the Denver, CO area.
Have you slowly begun to take on a more sustainable lifestyle? If so, chances are that you’re looking for ideas on how to do so in multiple aspects of your life, including your landscape. There are many ways to go green with your lawn and garden; one of them being through the use of organic fertilizer. If you are unfamiliar with organic fertilizer check out this quick rundown…
- Benefits- Organic fertilizers slowly release nutrients which make them more efficient to use, and when applied properly there’s a smaller chance of run-off into local waterways.
- Features- The majority of organic fertilizers are composed of plant by-products and animal manure and can be applied in liquid or solid form.
- Types- Although organic fertilizers are made from a variety of naturally occurring sources the majority of them are composed of a mix including bat guano, bone meal and fish meal.
For help choosing the best organic practices for your landscape call Phase One Landscapes at 307-750-6060 if you reside in the Denver area.
Image from Go Organic Gardening
How will you maintain your "Green" landscape?
For the “Green” advocates of the world, I found an article that lists six eco-friendly landscaping tips that will surely get you excited about land designs and how to naturally keep your land looking it’s best.
Out of the six tips described in the article, there were three that really stuck out to me. The first suggestion involved the irrigation system purchases. When an eco-conscious person is looking for an efficient irrigation system, they must look for one that “conserves water and is solar powered” (Anna). You can also collect rainwater in barrels. Natural rain is perfect for fertilizing the lawn.
Another tip is to start using organic products that will keep your lawn items fertilized and healthy, minus the possible products that may be hazardous to the environment.
And when it comes to maintaining the look of your lawn, how about use powerless mowers and trimmers? Using a powerless mower completes the same job and can give your body a little necessary exercise.
What will you do? Or how do you currently keep your landscape eco-friendly? For more tips, read 6 Tips to Create a “Green” Landscape.
(photo courtesy of Ariel Ophelia from Flickr)