Landscaping

7 ways to Green Your Landscaping

Are you a home landscaper trying to reach greener pastures? Various landscaping techniques—applicable to both multiple acre properties and small backyard plots—can be practiced to boost home heating and cooling efficiency, improve air quality, save precious water, foster wildlife, and more.

  1. Landscape your home for energy efficiency

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    Lower your energy bills and beautify your home at the same time with trees, shrubs, vines, and hedges.

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  2. Choose the correct watering system

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    An effective watering system can save water, time, and money. Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, rain barrels, hoses, sprinklers, and watering cans are just a few of the options.

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  3. Practice xeriscaping

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    Originally developed for a desert climate, the principles of xeriscaping can be practiced anywhere—to save water and create an attractive, low-maintenance landscape.

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  4. Use eco-friendly landscaping tools

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    Put down that leaf blower and pick up a rake! Save your hearing and the environment with hand tools—and get a little exercise—or use quieter, less-polluting electric lawn and garden equipment.

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  5. Create a backyard wildlife habitat

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    Whether you want to attract bluebirds or butterflies, chipmunks or chickadees, landscaping your yard to attract wildlife can be a fun family activity that can even help save endangered or threatened animals.

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  6. Choose organic lawn and landscape services

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    Organic landscape and lawn services are springing up everywhere to meet the needs of homeowners who want healthy water, air, and soil along with a well-kept yard.

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  7. Use eco-friendly landscape materials

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    Natural or recycled landscape materials—for paths, islands, walkways, and retaining walls—can add uniquely beautiful and practical finishing touches to your landscape design.

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Comments

10/29/2008
4:58pm
Ana Maria

What about visual pollution? Do you have any facts/tips about it?

Many thanks!

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