How to Create a Sustainable Landscape
Everyone loves having a lush, green landscape. But have you ever stopped to wonder what effect your backyard is having on the environment? Often, the amount of energy and water that our landscapes take up is more than we realize, and more than our landscapes really need. However, there is a solution to this! There’s a way for you to have your dream landscape without using up excess resources and negatively impacting the environment. If you want to learn some sustainable landscaping ideas that you can easily implement in your own home, take a look at the paragraphs below.
Use Native Plants
A lot of people don’t realize this, but the majority of the plants you have growing in your yard are probably from another country. For example, the grass you have growing on your lawn is probably native to a high rainfall environment in Europe. Even Kentucky Bluegrass, which has a U.S. state in its name, is not native to the U.S! It takes a lot of work to keep our yards alive because the plants we have are native to another climate. We have to give them a lot of extra water, fertilizer, pest control, and so on. Have you ever wondered how plants grow without problem in the wild, but you can’t seem to keep your hydrangeas alive even with constant care and attention? It’s because the plants growing in the wild around where you live are acclimated to your environment!
To successfully grow a plant from another part of the world takes a lot of extra effort. You can save money and benefit the environment by using plants that are native to the area that you live in! Check out our previous blog post to learn about some beautiful plants that are native to the Utah Valley and Midway areas. Plants that grow naturally in an environment can survive without much extra watering and are generally much easier to care for. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite foreign flowers. Just cutting down on the amount you have and keeping non-native plants down to smaller beds and pots can do a lot for the environment.
Recycling is actually very easy and something you can start implementing today! Before you go to buy something from the store, look around and see what you have on hand that can work. Try repurposing old wood, extra rocks you have laying around, or even your vegetable scraps. Composting isn’t as hard as it seems, and using your kitchen scraps to fertilize your soil is a great way to recycle and save yourself money in the long run.
Composting is a great way to fertilize your yard naturally. You can even re-use scraps from your vegetable garden to create bigger and tastier vegetables in the future!
Save Water by Using Smart Irrigation
This one is a bit more of an investment, but is actually a money saver in the long run. Most people with traditional irrigation systems have a set schedule for their sprinklers. They’ll run them regardless of the weather or if their plants really need it. Have you ever seen someone’s sprinklers on during a rainstorm? That’s because traditional systems don’t adjust the amount of water they put down with how much the grass really needs.
A smart sprinkler system will adjust how much water it’s putting down with things like how much rain or sunshine you’re getting. Eventually, with how much money you save on your water bill, the smart system will pay itself off while also benefiting the environment!
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