Residential landscapes are part of a larger landscape and an ecological community. When we design a landscape that respects the environment, we protect the natural elements of the site and treat the landscape as a living system. We plan to reduce inputs of energy, water and materials and avoid the use of toxic or forbidden materials. The following environmentally friendly design techniques and considerations are based on the enhancement of ecosystem services in the landscape. Traditional landscaping often incorporates the removal of all off-site water as quickly as possible. In an ecological design, water is not treated as a waste to capture and transport off-site.
Consider contour lines to slow down runoff, minimize erosion and allow water to seep into the soil. Design options for low-lying areas include the installation of an underground drainage system, the construction of raised beds, the leveling or planting of a rain garden. Overall, by addressing these environmental factors, we can create a model that is in harmony rather than conflicting with natural patterns. This strategy leads to a successful, attractive, low maintenance and environmentally friendly landscape.
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Plant twice as much as necessary, thinking that they will be enlightened in a few years, double the cost of labor, and often the clearing never happens. Plants become overpopulated and compete for water and nutrients. The stressed and overpopulated plants are more susceptible to the depredation caused by insects and plant diseases. Pests lead to unattractive, low maintenance plants that must be removed because they are unhealthy.
Water directly and aim the watering cans near the roots of the plants, not from above. Watering the leaves can damage them, and the moisture that starts there can evaporate before reaching the ground. They attract valuable moisture away from plant roots, so be sure to pull them regularly. The soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. The GH Lab Nature's Care ($ 8, homedepot.com) comes with yucca and coconut, which work together to hold water and keep the plants hydrated.
Remove any dead vegetation in the detachable area. Eliminate the fuel ladders, plants of different heights located close to each other, which provide a way for the fire to jump to the canopy. Leave a free space between the plants or groups of plants in the detachable space. Do not plant within 5 feet of any structure or use dense masses of plants. Plants are the dynamic heart of a landscape, and the judicious selection of plants is essential to develop a beautiful and earth-friendly landscape. The selection and proper placement of plants creates an attractive landscape, enhance the value of the property, beautify the community and build a healthy local ecosystem.
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