ENVIROMENTAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Today, one of first things we are often asked about is how we can all be more efficient and environmentally responsible. Landscaping is no exception. All around the country, the average homeowner to corporate property managers, are seeking landscape solutions that are cost-effective, sustainable, low-impact, and attractive for both residential and professional environments.
A few tips we can suggests:
Use a rain rainwater collection system - By positioning a rain barrel under the roof's downspout, rainwater can be collected and stored. The water can then be dispensed through a hose connected to the bottom of the barrel. Using rainwater reduces the amount of usable water you need, which decreases demand for treated water, saves money, and helps the environment by reducing stormwater runoff. And rainwater is healthier for plants than tap water.
Landscape for passive heating and cooling - Planting appropriate trees along the south side of your home will provide shade and reduce air conditioning usage. In the winter, they'll allow the sun's rays to warm buildings saving costs on heating oil and gas. Which will also save on the environment.
Reduce water use - Water only where and when needed. Improve your soil for optimum water holding capacity. Use low-water demanding or native plants and consider reducing lawn size. Apply organic mulches or recycled mulch made of rubber substance.
Start a compost pile - Building a compost pile is a safe and easy way to reduce landfill waste and create natural fertilizer. Compost piles contain organic materials such as vegetable scraps, grass clippings, and leaves that naturally decompose into useable soil/ fertilizer. Using the soil/fertilizer produced from the compost pile recycles nutrients back into the earth, reducing the need for store-bought fertilizers and helping the environment.
Use native plant species - A native plant is one that had existed, developed and occurred naturally for many years in our area. These can be trees, flowers, grasses or any other plants. Often these plants require less care, pesticides, water and are more disease resistant than plants from other parts of the country or world. Native plants have adjusted to living in unusual environments or under very harsh climates or exceptional soil conditions.
Install a rain garden - A rain garden is a landscaped, shallow depression that allows rain and water runoff to be collected and seep naturally into the ground. This helps recharge our groundwater supply and prevents water pollution from stormwater runoff. Rain gardens are an important way to make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live while enhancing ecological health.
Increase bio-diversity - Providing a wide range of native plants is the first step in creating a diverse natural habitat for wildlife. A bio-diverse ecosystem reduces the need for pesticides and creates a healthy wildlife habitat essential to outdoor living and a better quality of life for everyone.
Call a Landscaping Professional - Call Sunshine Landscaping and talk to us about how we can help you become green! You will be glad you did.