Planning on renovating your lawn or garden? Check out these tips from landscape professionals that will help you make your space more Earth-friendly.
- If you are adding plants, try and incorporate some that are pollinator friendly. In Texas we have many native flower, tree and shrub varieties to choose from. A quick trip to your local nursery and you can get all the help you need in selecting and cultivating a garden that blooms throughout the year for our bees and butterflies.
- On that same note, try and reduce or eliminate your use of pesticides. Though they can be a quick fix, they a very harmful to beneficial insects and your pets. Plus, there are a lot of all-natural remedies to explore instead.
- When choosing hardscape materials for walkways and patios use permeable options as often as possible. This helps to keeps rainwater on-site, allowing your soil to soak it up. This leads to healthier gardens that require less watering.
- Harvesting rainwater can also help you save money on your watering bill. Though before you go out and buy a rain barrel and connect it to your gutter system remember to check your local laws regarding them. Your county, city and/or homeowner’s association may have restrictions in place that limit or forbid their use.
- Setting up a compost bin is a great way to put your clippings and food scraps to work for your garden. Fully broken-down compost contains vital nutrients for your soil and helps plants to stay healthy and strong without the use of synthetic supplements.
- Remember; healthy soil = healthy gardens.
- If you’d like a more hands-off approach to the upkeep, consider leaving a section to grow wild. This is great for a more naturalistic landscape but can also serve as a wildlife corridor for animals to eat, rest and find shelter as they move throughout urban areas. You can also reclaim part of your lawn by adding native plants, grasses and rocks and allowing them to grow wild from there.
No matter how you choose to cultivate your outdoor space we hope you will support local nurseries and help out our native species. Try and be mindful and wherever possible use local and reusable materials.