Ways to Make Your Landscape Eco-Friendly
Today is Earth Day, a day to demonstrate support for the Earth and environment. And what better way to celebrate Earth Day than to offer some useful and actionable tips about making your landscape green… in the eco-friendly type of way.
Here are some things you can do to start lessening your environmental impact.
Recycle your grass
One simple thing you can do to reduce the amount of waste your landscape produces is to recycle everything. For example, don’t pick up the grass clippings after you’ve mowed because they provide nutrients to your lawn and can help prevent weeds from growing. (This is also a great way to reduce the amount of work you have to do when mowing the lawn.)
You can also use leaves, grass clippings and branches for mulch. Once your mulch has sat for a while, you’ll be able to nourish your garden. It’s a simple way to make your yard work for itself.
Water sparingly with recycled rainwater
Watering your lawn is essential for keeping it nice and healthy, but it’s important not to overwater your lawn. It may sound obvious, but you don’t need to water your lawn too much. Water during the early morning to decrease evaporation and only target the spots that need it the most.
The second aspect of this tip is to use recycled rainwater. Instead of tapping into the water supply, consider putting up a rainbarrel somewhere in your yard to catch rainwater. This will give you a small reservoir to water your lawn with.
Use native plants
Integrating natural plants in your landscape is a great way to reduce the amount of work and watering your yard requires because the plants will already be used to the New Jersey climate. Also, native plants are continually disappearing at the hand of invasive plant species, which is why you should make a concerted effort to preserve the natural landscape of your yard.
If you need other compelling reasons to plant native species, check out our previous blog post.
Another thing people with beautiful landscapes tend to overuse is pesticides. Americans use millions of pounds of pesticides every year, despite the fact that pesticides have been linked to diseases, birth defects and environmental issues. You could realistically go without pesticides by using environmentally friendly fertilizers that keep bugs away.
If you want work done on your landscaping, give us a call at 973-601-1114.