Conventional landscaping needs constant irrigation, fertilizer, pruning, weeding, thinning, and other routine maintenance work.
But if you create a self-sustaining landscape you’re sure to save on money and time. That’s because it uses the environment to self-regulate and rarely goes out of order.
Here are tips on how to create a self-sustaining landscape.
- Have a good plan
Landscaping is an ongoing investment. Think of the present as well as the future as you plan for the features of your landscape. Choose plants and ornamental features that can last long without hands on support.
Opt for hardy plants that survive most seasons. Use quality materials for your deck, porch, and patio so that they require less maintenance and last long.
- Balance your green and brown
Conventional landscaping requires you to have lush green lawns all year long. If you want a sustainable landscape, you need to have a good balance of the green and brown.
Shrink your lawn by having a driveway, paved walkways, and other concrete spots. Make your pavers as beautiful and stylish so that they don’t look loose or invasive. This will save you water and make your lawn look great for a long time.
- Gather rainwater
Harvesting rainwater for your plants helps to save energy and water. Rainwater is good for your plants, live marine life, and water features since it is pure, and requires no treatment.
You can install a system of automatic irrigation or pond servicing using rainwater that works even when you are away. Building gutter collectors around your roof saves your foundation plants from waterlogging and erosion during the rainy season.
- Invest in a good ground cover plant
Ground cover plants help to save the soil from erosion, evaporation, and weeds. Have a good selection of tough ground cover plants in between your rock gardens, bushes and shrubs, hedges, plant beds and lawn.
They suppress weeds and keep overgrowth at a minimum. They also keep the soil cool by preventing direct sunlight, which helps in water conservation.
- Use alternative power supply
Save power by installing solar powered yard lights. You can also use a push lawn mower rather than an electric lawn mower.
- Use a rake and broom to remove unsightly leaves instead of a leaf blower.
- Use automatic sprinklers for your lawns to avoid water and power wastage. Recycle water from the pool to service your fountains, waterfalls, and ponds instead of pumping fresh water into them. You can work with a full cycle or gravity.
- Recycle plants to nourish others
When you mow the lawn, leave some grass clippings there to decompose and create humus for fresh grass.
- Use pruning clippings and leaves to make compost for your plant beds.
- Use waste from your vegetable garden to make compost for your plants. This saves you money on fertilizers and other soil-enhancing chemicals.
- Use mulching to reduce evaporation, reduce erosion, and add humus to the soil.
- Choose native plants
Local plants have a way of adapting to the environment and regulating their own growth. They are good at resisting drought, pests and they control their own flowering and maturity cycle. Mix edible plants with inedible plants so that you can have both an aesthetic and functional landscape.