To be considered eco-friendly, garden landscaping materials must not deplete or contaminate natural resources. They must be able to blend in with the surrounding flora and fauna and not destroy or harm other plants, shrubs or trees. Garden landscaping firms have several eco-friendly options available to their clients.
- Potted Plants
Potted plants are easy to care for and can be placed anywhere. Different containers can be used to create a unique look. Plant boxes, ceramic pots or plastic container can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes and work well on patios and decks.
- Drought Resistant Foliage
Drought resistant foliage can be incorporated into garden landscaping designs anywhere that drought conditions are common. Plants that are able to go long periods of time with little or no water are extremely hardy and can withstand extreme weather conditions.
- Made in the Shade
Large shade trees can help to reduce water consumption. Heat and sunlight can cause moisture to evaporate rather quickly. Shade also reduces the temperature of the area keeping it cooler and more comfortable.
- Gravel Ground Cover
Using gravel as a form of ground cover in small areas reduces the need for the mowing and fertilizing a natural grass lawn. While this is not a good idea for large lawns, small sections of lawn can be converted quite easily.
- Maximize Space
Planting vegetables closer together allows water to be utilized more effectively. Organize plants and their placement to help reduce the amount of water needed to water the garden. Another way to maximize space is to create pyramids. Three layer plant boxes can make the most of minimal amounts of water.
- The Benefits of Graywater
Graywater is water that is left over after showering, baths or laundry. In homes where environmentally friendly soaps and detergents are used, the graywater can be used to water plants in gardens or landscaped areas.
- Succulent Plants
Cactus plants and other succulent plants are ideal for garden landscaping in areas where drought conditions restrict the use of water. Many have beautiful flowers that add a touch of color as well as fragrance.