Sustainable landscaping will promote clean water and air, restore natural habitats, increase energy efficiency, conserve water, and more. Plus, the decision to be more sustainable is financially beneficial. According to Bob Villa, your home’s value can increase by 20% with good landscape design. With this considered, we’ve created a list of four features you can implement into your landscaping to promote sustainability: native plants, a rock garden, a rain harvesting barrel, and energy-efficient lighting. Review these features below and contact a landscape designer today for advice on which would be best for you and your home.
1. Native Plants
Native plants are essential to sustainable landscaping since they have adapted to thrive in your climate. These plants have adjusted to your soil’s fertility levels, weather elements, and the wildlife in the area. In light of this, the plants will not require as much water, fertilizers, or pesticides during maintenance. This factor can be beneficial to the environment by decreasing water consumption and reducing the occurrence of erosion and runoff. Not to mention you’ll be contributing to your local wildlife.
2. Rock Garden
A rock garden can introduce various benefits. First, this garden type will be able to handle any extreme weather conditions in your area, and it requires little to no water to look presentable. A rock garden is also low maintenance, meaning they don’t require much cleaning to remain pristine. Lastly, a rock garden lowers your need for greenery, which may require harmful pesticides. There are various stones and plants you could use, so it’s essential to contact a landscape designer before moving forward with this feature.
3. Rain Harvesting Barrel
If you’re looking for a way to conserve water on your property, purchasing a rain harvesting barrel is the way to go. A rain harvesting barrel is exactly what it sounds like. It harvests rainwater. With this considered, you can decrease your water consumption for landscaping tasks because you’ll be using this collected rainwater instead. Additionally, this landscaping feature can be aesthetically pleasing and adds an extra design element to the area.
4. Energy-Efficient Lighting
In addition to producing a beautiful ambiance, landscape lighting can increase security and safety. With this said, switching to an energy-efficient lighting option is a great way to be more sustainable. If you want to implement this feature, look for solar-powered lighting, which minimizes light pollution and decreases electricity consumption.
Review this list above and consider which sustainable landscape design is best for you and your home. If you think you need assistance, contact our landscape designer at Hall Landscape Design today!