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Green Landscaping Ideas for the Environmentally Conscious Homeowner

Green Landscaping Ideas for the Environmentally Conscious Homeowner

Green landscaping is a trend that’s here to stay. Those who have discovered green landscaping by using alternative methods, and materials realize the benefit of conserving water and protecting the environment. Whether you are a homeowner hobbyist or a professional landscaper, there are several environmentally safe and green ideas that you can put into practice that will give you the beautiful landscape you want while providing a natural habitat for beneficial birds and insects, while protecting the environment. All it takes is a little imagination and willingness to try a different approach to landscaping.

Build Hardscapes with Rock

The neat thing about using rocks in landscaping is that they can be laid out in patterns to form walkways, stacked to allow a natural spring or stream to meander over them. One of the key features in green landscaping is the ability to slow water down. Slowing water down allows it to spread out and soak into the ground where it can quench thirsty plant root systems.

Companies like All Valley Sand and Gravel carry a variety of landscaping rocks from pebbles to boulders that can be arranged in configurations to slow down or redirect constantly flowing water from small springs or streams. Pebbles and sand can hold water and allow it to soak slowly into the ground. Rock retaining walls can be used to stabilize loose soil and prevent erosion.

Combine landscaping rocks and stones with plants

The natural contrast of rocks and plants lend interest to gardens. Bright blossoms, green leaves and stems provide a stark contrast to the neutral colors and the round or angular shapes of boulders or stones.

Crush stones and pebbles can work like mulch

Crushed stone and pebbles can work as a sort of mulch as they slow the flow of water and allow it to drain into the soil underneath plants. When designing a garden that will feature rocks and stone, choose plants that are native to the region. Native plants have a better chance of surviving during periods of drought because they can are in their natural habitat and can thrive even when rainfall is scarce.

Another aspect of green landscaping is choosing plants that do not require regular rainfall or irrigation to survive. This method of landscaping is known as xeriscaping, a technique where plants requiring very little water can be combined with rocks, sand and other elements to create low water gardens full of landscape enhancing flowers and plants.

Karleia Steiner is the author of this post.
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