1. Bigger Garden Beds

Collectively our house landscapes can create vast corridors of habitat. I might even go as far as to say they provide a substantial new type of wildlife refuge. Forgo the traditional yard if you wish to produce habitat in your landscape since yard does not contribute to nearby habitats and it calls for numerous resources to keep up it — water, mowing, blowing, fertilizing.

If you are constructing a new landscape, 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 shrubs to flowers to grasses to ground covers, which increases habitat for the wildlife we like 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 traditional lawn? 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 things) simply because they're adjusted to your locale. Needless to say, native plants are a boon to creatures which have developed unique relationships using them as time passes. Butterflies and moths, for example, require host plants to lay their eggs, plus some native bees forage for pollen on specific plants at specific times of year.

We could provide for countless relationships which are happening above and below the soil, even if we cannot 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'm 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 many that reach between. Placing plants with different root kinds together — in place 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 sequester and health greater amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.

I'm perhaps not a fan of tilling or adding deep quantities of amendments to ornamental perennial beds — it's costly and destroys soil structure and life. I do like adding a thin layer of compost and organic mulch (leaf mildew, wood chips or the cuttings of dead plants from the springtime cleanup) on top of the soil.

Have a look at meadow and prairie plants — many lose as much as one-third of their origins each year. As those origins decay, they naturally add natural matter. For this reason the Midwest is full of row crop areas — the prairies produced rich soil.




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

Landscape elements like bioswales and dry creek beds, permeable paving and even rain barrels interact to help manage 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

Trees are like mini ecosystems for wildlife, providing meals, shelter and nesting sites. Trees and shrubs can reduce energy consumption also year-round.

Large deciduous canopy trees 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 also help regulate temperature. Conifers planted downwind from prevailing winds can slow or stop cold weather winds from reaching your home — those winds that sneak through gaps around doors and windows, and also make you take the thermoregulator.




Reducing just how much you need to heat and cool your home can not only conserve power, it will lower your bills — all because you planted several gorgeous trees and shrubs.

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