Going “green” is very important in 2023 – and that means a lot more than just the color of your lawn! Sustainable landscaping, or eco-friendly landscaping, is an approach that uses multiple design techniques to create a thriving, functional landscape that benefits the environment. Check out these eco-friendly landscaping ideas to green your yard in healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly ways!
Eco-Friendly Landscaping Ideas:
01. Native Plants
Knowing the native plants of Pittsburgh or your specific area will help maintain eco-friendly landscaping. These plants have evolved and adapted to an area’s environmental conditions, so they require less fertilizer, pesticides, and maintenance. They’ve adapted to the native soil’s fertility levels and have developed their resistance to local pests. Native plants are a great addition to an eco-friendly lawn because they save water, contribute to native wildlife, reduce runoff and erosion, and preserve biodiversity.
02. Rain Harvesting
One thing Pittsburgh is good for in this regard is the rain. Conserving water is an excellent way to improve the sustainability of your landscaping. Incorporating a rain harvesting station helps to conserve water by collecting and storing rainwater that falls from the sky. Later, this rainwater can be used to water your lawn and gardens. This is a great addition to your backyard that helps with the environment and sustainability.
03. Avoid Chemicals
An important part of eco-friendly landscaping is avoiding unwanted pollution caused by gardening. This includes chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. By reducing or avoiding these chemicals, water, air, and wildlife are benefited. Research the type of soil in your area to learn which chemicals can be avoided or eliminated from your garden.
04. Compost Station
A sustainable landscape should recycle its materials. Grass clippings and dead autumn leaves can be added to a compost bin, where they can decompose and be reintroduced to the environment. You can also add dead flowers, fruit peels, and vegetable scraps to the compost. Decomposed compost is environmentally friendly and makes an excellent organic fertilizer and mulch for a vegetable garden, flower beds, and lawns. It reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and herbicides and saves you money on soil!
As you can see, eco-friendly landscaping can improve your yard and the environment! If you’re considering implementing any of these to your landscaping, get in touch with the team at Eichenlaub! We’ll be happy to develop a design and installation plan that suits your timeline and budget.