1. Bigger Garden Beds

Collectively our house landscapes can make vast corridors of habitat. I may also go as far as to say they offer a substantial new type of wildlife refuge. Forgo the traditional yard if you'd like to create habitat in your landscape since yard does not play a role in nearby habitats plus it calls for many resources to keep it — water, mowing, blowing, fertilizing.

If you're constructing a landscape that is new let your builder or designer know you'd like to reduce the lawn with garden beds and islands. It can be as simple as increasing your foundation beds from 4 feet deep to 8 or even to 12 feet deep. Deeper beds open up the possibility for more plant that is diverse, from bushes to flowers to grasses to ground covers, which increases habitat for the wildlife we love to see.




You don't need or seldom use with a sod cutter, solarization or sheet mulch if you have an established landscape with lawn, work with a landscape professional and selectively eradicate an area. Don't want any lawn that is traditional? Consider planting a sedge (Carex spp.) or lawn meadow.

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2. More Native Plants

Gardening along with your environment and landscape is gardening smartly. Native plants, when properly sited, can reduce maintenance (replacement costs and needs that are watering among other activities) simply because they're adjusted to your locale. Of course, native plants are a boon to creatures that have developed unique relationships with them in the long run. Butterflies and moths, for example, require host plants to lay their eggs, plus some bees that are native for pollen on certain plants at certain times during the 12 months.

We could offer countless relationships that are going on above and below the soil, even though we can not see them. Them near one another as they would naturally occur, you're emulating a relationship that works aesthetically and practically when you use plants that grow together in the wild, placing.




3. Healthy Soil
I am a champion of less work, therefore they do below the soil line effectively for me building healthy soil starts with selecting the right plants and using what. There are plants with deep taproots, those with shallow root that is fibrous and several that reach between. Placing plants with various root types together — instead of filling a bed with plants that all have actually the root that is same — will create zones of soil life at every level. Healthy soils increase plant health and sequester greater levels of carbon through the air.

I am not a fan of tilling or adding deep degrees of amendments to decorative perennial beds — it is costly and destroys soil structure and life. I do like adding a thin layer of compost and mulch that is organicleaf mold, timber potato chips or the cuttings of dead plants through the springtime cleaning) on top of the soil.

Check meadow and prairie plants — many lose up to one-third of the origins each year. As those origins decay, they naturally add organic matter. This is why the Midwest is full of row crop areas — the prairies produced rich soil.




4. Less Water Runoff
There's a whole lot you can do with all the water that enters your landscape, plus it doesn't always have to take much investment. Rain gardens collect water from downspouts or hard surfaces and slow the flow of water off a landscape, cleansing it as it slowly soaks in to the ground and recharges the aquifers.

Landscape elements like bioswales and dry creek beds, permeable paving and even rain barrels come together to further handle water responsibly inside our landscapes, reducing erosion along with runoff that overwhelms storm drains and pollutes water bodies downstream.

5. Trees and Shrubs for Energy Savings

Woods are like mini ecosystems for wildlife, supplying food, shelter and nesting websites. Timber can reduce energy consumption also year-round.

Big canopy that is deciduous like oaks and elms on the south and west sides of the home, or wherever you receive intense summer sun, can help cool your home in summer. Shrubs planted along these walls will help regulate temperature also. Conifers planted downwind from prevailing winds can slow or stop wintertime winds from reaching your property — those winds that sneak through gaps around doors and windows, making you take the thermoregulator.




Reducing simply how much you need to heat and cool your property will not only conserve power, it will also decrease your bills — all since you planted a few gorgeous trees and bushes.

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