Green is the New Black!
Eco Landscaping Tips:

XERI-SCAPE/LOW MAINTENANCE/LOW IMPACT LANDSCAPE

Incorporate native, drought resistant plants, practical turf areas and mulches into your landscape design to create an attractive, low maintenance yard. This type of design known as
"XERISCAPE" not only reduces water use but typically reduces fertilizer, pest control and disease control requirements, helping the environment while saving you time and money.

PLANT TREES

A well placed line of evergreens on the north and west side of your home provides shelter against winter winds and reduces your homes demand for heat. Deciduous trees on the south side will provide shade in the summer while still allowing sunshine in during the winter.



 
  COLLECT RAINWATER

  Use a cistern or a barrel
  to capture and store rainwater
  for irrigation.
  It reduces run-off and if used
  diligently will eliminate the
  outdoor use of drinking water.





WATER EARLY IN THE MORNING

More than half of the water applied to lawns and gardens can be lost to evaporation, and run-off due to overwatering.   Watering after the the dew has dried reduces loss due to evaporation.Single, deep applications of watering are more effective than multiple light waterings.

BACKYARD COMPOST
compost your yardwaste and kitchen scraps (fruits & veg) to reduce waste and create your own soil conditioner.

MULCH
Cover soil surfaces around your outdoor plants with compost, shredded bark, or other organic material. Mulching in the spring reduces weeds and the need to water. Mulching in fall protects plants against winter.

USE A PUSH OR ELECTRIC MOWER
Consider either of these options to grass cycle and reduce harmful emissions.

GRASS CYCLE
leave grass clippings on your lawn occasionally when you mow. The clippings will quickly breakdown, helping your lawn retain moisture, adding nutrients, and reducing the need for fertilizers.

LANDSCAPE YOUR HOME FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • lower your energy bills
  • while beautifying your home
  • use trees & shrubs to help heat or cool your home

 

The simple action of planting trees can help
insulate your home. Trees offer shade, shelter,
habitat, beauty and food. Trees require little
more than sun, soil, water and a place to grow.
They shade your house from the hot summer
sun, and protect it from the bitter winter weather.

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