In today’s world, it is more important than ever to be conscious of our impact on the planet. Creating a sustainable yard isn’t about doing everything perfectly but it is about making an effort where you can. Understanding how to create a sustainable yard can have a bigger impact than you realize which can also lead to a lower maintenance yard. Consider the following tips when beginning to create a more sustainable yard.
Although the weather can be unpredictable, especially in the midwest, turning on your sprinklers every day has a huge effect on the sustainability of your yard. Grass and local plants will live through tough conditions and do not need an excess of water daily.
- Collect rainwater in buckets.
- Use mulch to prevent erosion.
It is important to consider where your plants are coming from when choosing what to bring into your yard. Local plant species are specifically adapted to the climate and soil conditions of your yard so they will thrive with little to no fertilizers and chemicals.
- Consider planting perennials.
- Research local plant species.
Save Seeds and Propagate
Buying new seeds and plants every year can be a hassle in and of itself while also creating excess waste. Save energy and money by keeping last year’s seeds and plants to replant and propagate in the spring.
- Reuse disposable items like egg cartons.
- Propagate plant clippings from healthy plants.
Use Organic and Avoid Chemicals
Bringing products containing chemicals into your yard can have a lasting impact on the soil and on the plants that grow within it. Fertilizers and pesticides contain chemicals that are potentially toxic to animals and young children as well as other plants.
- Organic products.
- Consider a compost.
Call the Professionals
Creating a sustainable yard is a huge step in the right direction. No habit is too small to make a difference, even if it means just collecting rainwater. When landscaping becomes more than saving water and propagating plants, consider American Landscape for your yard’s maintenance, care, and construction. Call the professionals at American Landscape to ensure a beautiful and sustainable lawn.