Thinking about updating or re-doing your landscaping? While you’re in the planning process, think about how sustainable your landscaping is and how you could improve it.
What is sustainable landscaping?
You may have heard the term used, but many people aren’t sure what it means. After all, plants are plants, aren’t they automatically sustainable?
The National Gardening Association said that sustainable landscaping is “practicing environmental stewardship so that we meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
Overall, sustainable landscaping is thinking about the benefits to the health of our communities and to the future of our environment.
- Some things that might be included are:
- Using native or non-invasive plants
- Considering local rainfall and runoff
- Creating habitat for native animals and insects
What does sustainable landscaping look like?
Some people are concerned that using sustainable landscaping as their guide will result in a boring, unappealing yard. Let us reassure you, that’s just not the case.
Landscaping that keeps sustainability in mind can be just as eye-catching and beautiful as more traditional landscaping. Although a sustainable yard might not look as groomed as a pristine green lawn, it can be just a detailed and cared-for while being much more eco-friendly.
Therefore, people are simply encouraged to let go of the need for perfection in their yard. That includes the use of chemicals and taking a different, more environmentally-friendly approach.
Any other benefits?
The benefits of moving towards a more sustainable yard are monumental. By using plants that are native to your area, they are much more likely to thrive with less maintenance. They help wildlife and pollinators thrive by providing additional habitat. Plus, beautiful native flowers and grasses can also boost your curb appeal and home value while reducing runoff and water drainage problems.
Call Great Goats Landscaping
Great Goats has been designing and installing sustainable landscaping projects for years. Give us a call today to talk about how we can transform your yard into a beautiful space that benefits the environment.