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How to Create Eco-green Sustainable Landscapes

Greening up the greenest part of your property sounds like the most logical idea. Don’t wait a second longer to make your garden eco-friendly and healthy.

Your backyard and garden might be green, in terms of color, but is it really so when it comes to ecological aspect? Often, we don’t even think whether our actions are hurting our planet on some level when maintaining our landscape. Conventional gardening is responsible for a large amount of toxins in the soil and air, and although your garden alone won’t make a huge change on a macro scale, you should do your best to try and contribute. So, if you are determined to make a change and “green-up” your landscape, here are a few tips you might find helpful.

Make Your Own Compost

Chemical fertilizers are a simpler and quicker way to promote plant growth, but they often contain high levels of toxic metals, such as cadmium, chromium and lead. These ingredients are linked with various health problems, including kidney damage and reduced immunity. Making your own compost is a process that last longer, but it is much cheaper and the end product is much more nutritious. Here’s how to make compost:

  • Find a dry shady spot that is close to a water source to keep the compost bin,
  • Add equal amount of brown (branches, dead leaves, twigs, etc.) and green (fruit/vegetable scraps, grass clippings, and coffee grounds) ingredients,
  • The materials should be damp, but not soaked,
  • Add new materials (greens) at least once a week and turn the pile with a pitchfork.

Green-Up Furniture and Lighting

Eco-friendly landscaping isn’t all about the plants. It also includes outdoor furniture and lighting. Bamboo is one of the best and most eco-friendly outdoor furniture materials, so if you want to go for the greenest option, go for bamboo furniture. Also, it isn’t a bad idea to recycle and repurpose some of your old furniture. As for the lighting, you should look for energy-saving fixtures like solar lamps and dimmable LED lights.

Water Use and Preservation

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Water is the most important resource, not just for gardening, but life in general. Instead of using a hose for watering, you can collect rainwater in rain barrels or fiberglass tanks or you can even install a rainwater collection system. Use the collected water for laundry, toilet flushing and watering your garden. Another neat project is to paint the water heater black and take it outside, place it in the sun, and you’ll get a free tank of hot water.

Organic Garden

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Today, stores are full of fruits, vegetables and herbs treated with various insecticides and pesticides. You can’t be sure of their origin even when they have a label on them. However, with all the money you’ve managed to save by using rainwater, you can easily invest in your own mini garden, where you will grow enough fruits and vegetables to meet your family’s needs. When choosing plants for your garden, make sure you choose the ones that will grow well on your soil and in your climate (yes, that means you shouldn’t plant avocados in the Snowy Mountains).

Look for Good Soil

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If you have been living in the same house for years, and you have already made a couple of futile attempts to plant your own garden, perhaps you have a problem with poor soil. On the other hand, if you are looking to buy a brand new house, or even better, thinking about construction, you should pay attention to the soil too. House and land packages in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and other cities usually offer planning and developing services for both the property and the land, so you can be sure that everything will be done as you wish from the very start.

Greening up the greenest part of your property sounds like the most logical idea. Don’t wait a second longer to make your garden eco-friendly and healthy.

Emma Joyce, the author of this article, is an interior designer. She is always in
the process of searching new styles, inspirations, and advice on how to renovate and decorate
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