Sustainability in landscaping has many different aspects that all lean towards overall environmental health. It may emphasize plant health, soil condition, water quality, and resource conversation. To be sustainable doesn’t necessarily mean eliminating fertilizers or synthetic products, rather, it means creating an outdoor space that utilizes the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
A sustainable landscape creates a balanced relationship between the natural and manmade environment around you. Keep reading to learn some tips about how to practice sustainable landscaping, and if you have any questions about landscaping itself or would like to transform your landscape into something beautiful, contact our landscaping specialists in Los Angeles today.
Have A Plan
This one is important, regardless of whether or not you want to make your landscape sustainable. Decide how you want to live in your yard: do you want to grow fruits and vegetables; do you want a space for your kids and dogs to run and play in; or do you just want a comfortable space to relax in? Your plan could either be as simple as installing a lawn or it could be far more detailed. If you have a rough idea, then feel free to contact our landscaping company in Los Angeles and speak to anyone of our members to learn more.
Consider Lawn Substitutes
If you’re tired of mowing your lawn or want to transcend that HOA responsibility altogether, then ditch the grass. Turf is an excellent way to maintain a green lawn all year round without having to spend extra money on water. Plus, AstroTurf has come a long way, and chances are that your neighbors won’t even realize it’s artificial. And if they do, you can tell them you’re being environmentally conscious, and maybe they should consider it.
Another great lawn alternative is a rock garden, which can actually be quite beautiful and requires much less water than a traditional lawn. You can create a beautiful design with your rock garden, plus, you can still add local plants to it to complement the look and add a pop of color.
If AstroTurf or rocks aren’t your things, you could try installing a meadow lawn, which requires very little upkeep and attracts butterflies and native bees, preserves native plants, provides shelter for wildlife, and nourishes the soil. Plus, they only need to be mowed just once or twice a year and give your landscape a beautiful, natural look.
Be Aware of Invasive Species, And Opt For Native Plants
Non-native plants are not always harmful, but they may take an extra amount of attention and care because they may not be used to the climate in Los Angeles. They can, however, disrupt the natural balance of your landscape. They are pretty much plant bullies and grow so aggressively that they push out local plants and pollinators, upsetting the entire ecosystem in your front yard.
Native plants are already used to the climate and rain levels, so they don’t require as much attention. They have also developed a strong defense against local pests and diseases, plus they also attract local pollinators like butterflies and bees, who keep your flowers alive and well.
Hardscape With Eco-Friendly Materials
Traditional landscaping uses a ton of resources and energy that yields some amount of waste or leftovers which are then discarded and turned into waste, or in some cases, resued. You can reduce, if not eliminate the waste you produce in your sustainable landscaping by choosing eco-friendly materials. If you are looking for ways to light your new landscape, consider solar-powered lawn lights to cut down on your electricity usage.
A great way to not even contribute to landscaping waste is to use reclaimed materials. You know the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s landscaping material.” It may require some searching, but you can save yourself the cost of buying brand new materials and prevent the materials from ending up in a landfill.
Plant A Tree
Trees offer so many environmental benefits. Not only can trees absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, but they can provide shelter for birds, mammals, and serve as host plants for many insects. What’s more, however, is that trees create their own micro-climates by reducing the temperature and increasing moisture in the air. Smaller trees and shrubs planted in your sustainable landscape can fill the space between garden beds and provide added sources of food and habitat for wildlife.
A sustainable approach to landscaping can not only have financial advantages, but it can give you peace of mind. Your landscaping professionals at A Greener Tomorrow can help you develop your landscaping plan and get the job done right, exceeding your expectations and truly transforming the look and feel of your home. We take great pride and care in our work, treating our clients with the respect and attention they deserve. For more information about our landscaping services in Los Angeles and Culver City, please don’t hesitate to contact us.