Do you dream of having the perfect yard? Do you worry that maybe your landscaping is not eco-friendly? Here are five environmentally positive considerations for all landscaping project. Read on and find tips and tricks for beautiful yards that help the environment.
Year Round Color
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Design your yard to have a positive appearance all year-long. Consider the blooming season of plants, trees, and shrubs. Daffodils and other bulbs bloom early. They also provide nectar and pollen for early bees, such as bumblebees. Phlox, Vinca and Snowdrops also bloom early. From mid-spring through summer there is a feast of flowering plant choices that are eco-positive. Consider native plants first and then add additional flowering plants and shrubs to round out the look.
From mid-summer through fall is also a rich time of the year for flowering plants. Red Twig Dogwoods and Redbud are small, showy trees that provide outstanding year round color. Even in the dead of winter their red twigs brighten up the yard. Mums and chrysanthemums work well in the fall. Smaller plants include viola and pansy. Late blooming summer flowers include dahlia and calendula. With a little planning, your yard can have color in it all year round.
Birdhouses and bird feeders are also a way to add color to your yard, especially in winter. What’s brighter than a red cardinal in January? Not much. YardEnvy.com is an excellent place to find birdhouses and bird feeders. The size of the entry determines what kind of bird will occupy a bird house. If you want to attract certain species of birds, then pay close attention to the size of the entry.
Even in the wettest of years it is a good idea to conserve water. You pay for what you use, and water conservation is just another way for you to save money. Installing and using drip irrigation is a great first step. Combining current technology with your drip system is even better. Utilize a smart system. These systems know when it’s raining and when the soil is dry. They water your yard only when it needs watering. No more washing money down the drain by watering the lawn in the rain.
Pests and Wildlife
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When you add plants to your yard consider the types of pests that they might attract. How many ponds turn into mosquito breeding grounds each year? Not all flowering plants smell good. Try to balance the esthetics of your landscaping with the biological aspects of wildlife.
What about big animals such as deer and elk. Many beautifully planned landscapes become deer fodder. Some plants, such as elderberry and cranesbill attract deer. That may be a good thing if you want deer in your yard. Planting food plants for wild animals is a plus.
Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor living spaces are popular. A landscaping trick to help perk up an outdoor living space involves your nose. Aromatic plants, such as herbs create a pleasant aroma when you sit next to them. Think about adding containers of mint, rosemary, and even shrubs such as lilac to create an area that is pleasing to all of your senses.
Start with the space and how you will use it. If want a meditation spot, plants such as chamomile are relaxing. If you want a place for outdoor entertaining, then consider a grape arbor. If you want an outdoor kitchen add in a culinary herb box or organic garden.
Maintenance and Upkeep
Keep it as simple as possible because these good ideas take work. Gardening and landscaping are labors of love, and the rewards are usually worth the effort. If you use a landscaping service for yard upkeep, make sure that they understand about your plants. Not every landscape company understands how to care for special plants such as dogwoods.
Creating an eco-friendly yard that is full of color and charm is doable. These tips help homeowners to find new considerations for decking out the yard. The best tip is simply to consider your options from multiple angles. In so doing, you find the best options for creating the perfect landscaped yard.