A landscaping installation can be very simple or extremely complicated. Owners should evaluate the skills and equipment required for the installation and associated costs to determine if they are DIY projects or if the money and times would be better spent by hiring a professional. Permanent structures or large hardscape elements, including irrigation systems, outdoor lighting, stone walls, terraces, pools and patios, may be required skills that go beyond those of the average homeowner. When the job seems too big, call a professional landscaper and licensed. The state law of North Carolina requires that anyone using the title "landscaping contractor" be registered with the Landscape Registration Registration Board.
Landscapes are ecosystems. Ecosystems need a diversity of plants of different layers or levels to provide an adequate habitat for wildlife. Consider including a body of water with shallow edges to provide drinking water and swimming for wildlife. The selection of native plants helps attract birds, pollinators and beneficial insects to the yard. See Chapter 20, Wildlife, for specific tips on wildlife attraction and management in the landscape. Edible products that meet most of the design criteria for plant selection are available.
These strategies and many others can be integrated into your garden to make it more sustainable. The list below offers a wide variety of ideas to choose from with links to other EDIS publications and various websites for more information. Choose a few strategies that work best for your yard and your abilities. Start small. Even if you can only use a few ideas, you will contribute to the ecological health of your neighborhood.
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