Environmentally Friendly LandscapingLet our experts design a beautiful landscape that is also sustainable. Oh yes, you can have your cake and eat it, too! These 3 environmentally friendly landscaping ideas show you how.

Sustainable vegetation

When we talk about sustainable vegetation, we’re talking about established plants – bringing back native vegetation that can naturally find an equilibrium with the environment. Plants that evolved in our region bring many advantages. Since they’re adapted to the soil, air quality, and volume of rain, they require less fertilizer, pesticides, and water. And sustainable vegetation – wildflowers, flowering and fruiting shrubs, natural grasses – can be readily manicured to fit with any landscape.

A move to sustainable vegetation doesn’t require you to tear out all the exotic plants on your property; if they’ve been around for more than a year, they are already integral to existing natural processes in your yard. All we have to do is integrate the native plants.

Reusable garden materials

A commitment to environmentally friendly landscaping extends to reusable materials. One of the most popular reusable garden materials is natural stone.

Natural stone is a strong design element used to create visually stunning landscapes. Simple yet beautiful stone fire pits, for example, can be built to last a lifetime, and stone retaining walls can add drama to your exterior look. Natural stone is also the perfect choice for outdoor entertaining areas, staircases, and inviting walkways. When you want to change out your walkway, you can reuse your stones again, and again.

Direct Drip or Water Conscious Irrigation

You can conserve water in a number of ways. However, given the amount of watering needed for a large, thriving garden, a water-saving direct-drip sprinkler system should be the first item on your list.

Your landscaping will require a customized, seasonally maintained irrigation system. Each yard is its own microclimate, formed by vegetation, slope, airflow, wildlife, and the like. Irrigation should account for sunny versus shady areas, for example, so a one-size-fits-all approach can jeopardize your ability to conserve.

Sprinklers should be run in the morning when the air is cooler and less evaporation will occur. Our sprinkler systems run on a timer that accounts for sunrise and shifting seasons. In humid summer climates, watering at night can facilitate diseases because the water sits on the plants through the night. If you were to forget to run your irrigation system in the morning and wanted to make up for a dry day at night, you actually might do more harm than good. A timed system will eliminate this possibility completely. Automatic sprinklers will deliver water only to the areas that need it, in the amount needed, and during time of the day when water savings are greatest.

Ready to go truly green? Contact Mountview Landscaping for a quote on any of the services you require today.