How to Create a Sustainable Landscape Right at Your Own Home

June 26, 2015

How you use your patch of land can have a huge impact not just on your home, but also on the community you live in. At Pour On, we believe it’s important to ensure that the landscape you have, even at home, is a sustainable one that helps contribute to a healthy ecosystem. This way you are making sure that the future generations can still make use of our beautiful outdoor spaces.

To create a sustainable landscape in your property, these are the items you need to follow:

1.       Choose your plants.

The type of plants you place in your front or backyard matters. You need to carefully pick plants and trees that will provide shade in the summer and won’t block out the sun during the winter. One good example of this are deciduous trees. Also look into the height, diameter as well as the branch and twig density of the tree. Make sure you pick one that will work well with your house’s structure. Most importantly, choose water-wise plants or those that require only the natural rainfall in your area.

2.       Place plants in the right spot.

Where you place your plants will also make a difference. Trees should be used as tools for energy conservation and to effectively do so, they must be considered as part of your whole property’s landscape. Aside from placing plants and trees in effective solar positions, you should also place the right size plants in the right spots to prevent constant pruning.

3.       Install permeable paving.

This is essential in managing stormwater and even in conserving water. Apply resin bound gravel to the paver system of your garden, walkways or driveways, or have other permeable outdoor paving solutions for your home’s landscape. Having permeable paving will give you a more cost-effective and low maintenance option for your property.

4.       Recycle yard waste.

Yard waste can become pollutants when these are washed away and reach storm drains or surface waters. One way to remedy this is to use your yard waste as mulch. You can use a mulching lawn mower or rake fallen leaves and cut grass and keep them to be used as mulch for your garden. You not only reduce the waste that are accumulated in landfills or that pollute water sources, you also suppress weeds and build soil organic matter.

These four are just few of the many solutions you can follow in creating a sustainable landscape. In doing this, not only will you be doing some good for the environment, you will also reap huge rewards from it. You will help reduce your bills with energy conservation, plus you will also receive a great return on the investment you made on your home improvement. Experience the benefits of sustainable landscaping now by following these small steps detailed above.

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