17 eco-friendly landscaping ideas for your garden

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After all, you need to maintain the lush, green look of your shrubs and trees. No one wants to have discolored, wilting foliage. Even if you can’t completely eliminate the need for water in your garden, you can still do it more efficiently.

Instead of doing it manually with a garden hose, why not install a sprinkler system? This eliminates the need to do everything yourself. Additionally, you can set the application time and rate. Also, a drip irrigation system should work best for flower beds. This saves water by targeting root systems instead of foliage. Water them deeply to encourage deep root establishment which makes the plants better equipped to fight off strong winds and disease.

Understand your region


Whether you’re moving to a new area or you’ve been living in the same residence for years, you need to know the pros and cons of being there. For example, areas prone to strong winds would mean using more water. A home located in an uneven area should be prepared for soil erosion and runoff. That way, you’ll know early on where to install protective barriers and implement an erosion-resistant design, saving you high repair costs in the long run.

Likewise, you can enjoy the sunlight. If you live in a cold region, you can have south-facing windows to welcome heat into your home. Your property can also be designed so that your front yard and driveway receive adequate sunlight. This makes it easier to manage ice and snow buildup during the winter.

Use artificial grass

This may seem contrary to the goal of an eco-friendly yard, but it will save you resources in the future. Synthetic or artificial grass looks just like your grass without requiring a lot of maintenance. You don’t need to buy chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides that can pollute the water .

Water is also unnecessary to maintain a lively appearance.  There is also no need to get a lawnmower that could release toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Plus, your area might even offer a discount if you switch to synthetic turf.

Plant ground cover instead of grass

The advantages of ground cover over grass lawns are numerous.  Moss makes a nice lawn for shady areas.

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The moss is green even in the high summer heat and feels wonderful under bare feet. Clover is also an excellent groundcover for lawns in full sun. It’s fragrant, soft and fluffy underfoot, helps prevent soil compaction, and stays green during dry spells .

Creeping perennials can also be used for ground cover lawns, many of which smell great, are low maintenance, and are soft underfoot.

Keep your grass tall and dry

When mowing your lawn, leave the grass taller (cut up to a third of the total blade length at a time) and mow more frequently. Grass clippings that are 75-85% water, high in nitrogen, if left on the lawn will keep your lawn moist and healthy. Otherwise, you can throw the clippings into your new compost bin.

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