Between endless droughts and constant heatwaves, having eco-friendly landscaping can be considered a
must. Taking the eco-friendly path means you won’t sacrifice the environment for beautiful landscaping. It’s also better for your plants and soil in the long run. Here are some ideas for having an eco-friendly yard.
1. Shop Local for Landscape Supplies
The first suggestion can be the hardest to follow. It’s tempting – and convenient – to go with sites like Amazon for landscape supplies. Unfortunately, what you save in money adds a lot to your carbon footprint. Small businesses are more likely to source plants and materials locally, which helps you take a big step towards an eco-friendly garden. They also tend to be more intentional about what’s used in
their products, meaning potentially fewer chemicals in your plants or materials.
On top of helping the environment, you’ll be sustaining jobs in your community – that’s a nice bonus. So next time you need supplies, give your local nursery a shot. They can also be a great resource if you need landscaping advice.
2. Attract the Good Bugs to Fight the Pests
Insects are nature’s original form of pest control, and using plants to encourage visitors is hugely eco-friendly. Attracting insects to pollinate plants or fight off harmful pests means using fewer chemicals to solve your problem.
Next time you notice an infestation, take a picture and research ways to encourage its natural competitor to visit your yard.
Here’s a chart on attracting common insects to help you get started ------------------->
3. The Fewer Chemicals, the Better
Fertilizers and pesticides may seem like the easy way out, but they cause more harm over the long term.
Try using natural pest control methods like garlic spray to reduce your yard’s exposure to chemicals.
Have an edible garden? Companion planting can be your new best friend. Companion planting is the practice of growing certain plants near each other to help with pest control or promote growth.
When it comes to managing weeds, putting down a layer of mulch and pulling them by hand is as eco-
friendly as it gets. If you’re having a hard fight against weeds and need an herbicide, opt for organic
herbicides, but know they usually require frequent applications to be effective.
4. Harvest Rainwater for Irrigation
Collecting rainwater is a great way to go eco-friendly because it diverts pollution from the city water supply. By placing a rain barrel under your gutter’s downspout, you reduce storm water runoff and get free water for your plants or ground cover.
Not only is it free, but it also supplements your regular irrigation, which cuts down on water waste.
According to the EPA, “… as rainwater flows over a roof surface, it can pick up pollutants such as