An outdoor landscape is an artwork requiring expertise and an eye for detail. It is something that adds life to your whole backyard, lawn, or garden and ties the entire space together.
As much as it is a work of art, we must consider the environmental effects an ill-planned landscape design could have. Wastage of water in the past has created an acute shortage, the consequences of which are quite evident around the whole world. Extreme temperatures, droughts, and drying up of landscapes are just some of the overall effects. These effects stress the importance of having a structured plan in place, catering to your style, budget, and goals. Extensive research, detail, and design planning are essential, and this can be made simple by contracting anexpert exterior designer in your area. Alternatively, one can also do it themselves by studying this domain.
Here some tips for creating that fascinating yet environment-friendly landscape of your dreams:
The use of permeable surfaces in your landscape can be efficient in decreasing rainwater runoff. That kind of surface allows the water to seep into the ground to aid filtration and slow the water flow to drainage. In a more straightforward sense, this allows for the use of rainwater for irrigation. When deciding on hardscape designs, selecting the suitable design and surface type should be kept in mind.
The elements and structures, and materials you use for your landscape should ideally be sourced locally. It creates an ecological impact due to transportation costs, the rareness of the material, and sometimes the extraction process. Opting for local material also helps up boost the local economy.
Select the kind and type of materials upon keeping in mind the landscape’s whole plan and ensuring the design fits the picture.
Use of existing native plants
If you are renovating your garden or an existing landscape, there would probably be some native plants or trees that could be used in the new design without pulling them out. The use of fewer resources by these plants should be fitting.
Irrigation and drainage planning
Maintaining an optimized irrigation system and drainage that minimizes wastage and maximizes efficiency should be the goal. This requires forming a fitting irrigation plan to make the most out of the space and budget available. The use of sustainable irrigation and drainage systems like drip irrigation should be encouraged.
An edible garden would be a great investment for your landscape, which would be cost-saving and become a convenient production source. The species of plants, herbs, vegetables, and fruits easily available in your area would be an ideal choice for the garden. This adds value to your house during an event of a sale as the potential buyer would take into account the harvest value.
The main factor for sustainability should be the minimization of wastage where and whenever possible. Plants that require less trimming would produce less plant debris and thus lower maintenance time.
The use of plant and food debris as mulch and compost would be ideal in reducing the waste.
Following these tips would ensure that you do your part in being eco-friendly without sacrificing the landscape of your dreams!