What is going “GREEN”?
“Going green” means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.
Ways to make your landscape “Green”
Plant Native PlantsPlanting native plants reduces the need for soil amendments, reduces the need for extra water and requires less maintenence by having plants that are already adapted to the local environment. You will also be providing homes and food for your local birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
LED LightingLED lighting is a simple way to help reduce your demand for electricty.
Install efficient low water usage irrigation systems and smart timers
Conserving water will reduce your water demands and your water bill. Not only will you save water, but your plants and lawns are likely to grow stronger and healthier.
Use Permeable PavingPermeable paving helps reduce the amount of water put into the storm water system and also helps keep water in the soil for you plants.
Re-Use Grey Water (rain gardens)Set up water collection systems to harvest rain water and re-use gray water from your house so water your plants.
Add Green Roofs and/or Green WallsThese will minimize water waste and provide free, natural insulation for buildings. They also provide additional space for plantings.
Buy Local ProductsBuying local products and services will minimize shipping costs and reduce the gas consumption and air-polluting emissions for unnecessary transportation.
Use Mulch on lawns and gardensMulching helps save water, protects plant roots and looks neat, clean and decorative.
Compost kitchen and garden waste
Reuse your old waste as compost for your garden.
Grow edible landscapingFruit trees, vines, vegetables and other edibles can look very decorative and are fresher and tastier when harvested from your landscape.
Reduce LawnsPlanting lawns only where they will be useful will save on high maintenance mowing and heavy watering.
Retrofit pond pumps and water garden systemsThere are much more efficient systems available to work with ponds and other water gardens that will keep your utility usage down, minimize evaporation and help your water gardens to stay healthier.
Use Recycled materialsDuring your construction and maintenence of your landscape use recycled materials as much as possible.
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