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5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Landscaping

January 3, 2022
Written by Aaron

With sustainability and conservation becoming a hot topic, many gardeners are asking how to make their landscaping more eco-friendly. While it might not feel like small changes can make a big difference, if each landowner makes an eco-friendly adjustment in their yard and garden, it can have a significant impact! 

 

Here are five small eco-friendly things you can do to make a large impact:

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Turn the Lights Off

Lighting up your garden is a great way to enjoy the foliage at night or make sure you don’t trip on the garden path! However, our poor pollinator insects get exhausted from chasing the lights through the night. The bugs end up overworking themselves, which makes them more susceptible to predators such as birds and bats. Because bugs are so crucial to our ecosystem, reducing the lights in your yard is the most effective way to have eco-friendly landscaping.

By removing garden lights from your landscaping altogether, you can save six bugs a night. That might not seem like much, but if you consider how quickly this could add up if we all turned off outdoor lights at night, that number is astronomical. If you still want lights but want to increase your eco-friendliness, try using lights that only turn on with a motion sensor, or replace the bulbs with yellow LED, which are less attractive to our buzzing friends. 

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Conserve Water

There are many ways to conserve water in your yard, but the biggest impact you can make is by reducing your lawn size! Lawns require a lot of water and need mowers to maintain them, which use electricity or gas. By reducing your lawn and letting native vegetation grow or making beds with mulch, you can take your landscaping to a new level of eco-friendliness. 

Of course, rain barrels are a great way to use what the sky gives us. It’s free of city chemical treatment and will save on your bills, too! 

Support Wildlife with Landscaping

By supporting the local wildlife that comes through your yard, you can promote a healthy ecosystem that reaches beyond your property line! Here are some things you can do to create an eco-friendly yard that supports your local wildlife:

  • Set up bird feeders.
  • Add a bee hotel to your garden, around the flowering plants.
  • Build homes for birds and squirrels.
  • Provide water sources.
  • Grow native plants (see below.)
  • Eliminate pesticide use in your landscaping.

 

With these tips, you’ll create an eco-friendly haven for the local wildlife that roams through your yard! Keep in mind that even one of these steps can make a big impact, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself! 

Plant Native Varieties

There are a lot of invasive species that get planted and take over the local landscape! By planting perennial native species, you can support your local wildlife and help combat invasive species. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to rip up every non-native plant in your landscaping to achieve ultimate eco-friendly-ness, but as you consider what you want to plant this spring, do some research and see what grows regionally! 

Go Organic

Pesticides and chemical fertilizers deliver results but at a very high cost. Pesticides can harm the good bugs and pollinators that contribute to a thriving landscape. Chemical fertilizers can leave your soil toxic and harm the beneficial bacteria and bugs in the ground. Every critter matters, so take a step towards eco-friendly pest control and fertilization to foster a healthy garden and healthy ecosystem. Managing certain bugs requires just a bit of organic soapy water! A little research will go a long way when it comes to pest control. 

Of course, the next step is to spread the word and encourage your friends and neighbours to make small changes towards eco-friendly landscaping as well! If we all do our part, we can make a massive impact on the health and wellness of our environment.  

 

If you need help with your eco-friendly landscaping in the spring of 2022, visit us today! We’d love to help you take steps towards environmental awareness and action. 

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