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What is sustainable landscaping?

The “Webster’s” definition is - Sustainable landscaping comprises numerous practices that address environmental issues related to the design, construction, implementation, and management of residential and commercial landscapes, BUT what does that mean and why can it be important to your property, below are the basic steps.  

  1. Treat Water as a resource: Wasteful irrigation accounts for over 1/3 of the residential water use in the U.S.,  with the proper design, rainwater harvesting and plant selection the need for irrigation can be reduced or eliminated saving a resource and money! 
  2. Preserve existing plants: Often the first instinct is to remove everything and start with a blank slate, but a sustainable approach would be to assess the existing plant materials.  You want to preserve only Native plant materials and replace more invasive species, this also can reduce your installation costs.
  3. Proper material choices: This is important for more than just plant materials in a sustainable eco-friendly plan.  You want to pick plant materials that are native and well suited to each planting area but also low maintenance, the right plant for the right place should be your guide.  For all materials used in and around your landscape project you should consider, are they locally sourced, energy efficient and do they produce waste or run-off.

As well as being environmentally friendly, designing a “sustainable landscape” can save resources, water and time on maintenance!  So consider these practices when designing or re-designing your properties landscape and please contact our team of designers (link contact us) to assist you with a professional design plan.  

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