Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sustainable Landscaping Tips

Photo courtesy: thebestlandscapingtips

Choosing Plants
- select plants appropriate to your garden's conditions: for example - plants requiring dry, sandy conditions will not live in a boggy environment
- consider hours of sunlight, moisture levels, proximity to buildings and competing plants: these are critical things to consider; and, fortunately there is a wide variety of plants to choose from that are capable of surviving in every condition
- when plant shopping, ask about mature heights and spreads to allow adequate space: This must be determined and allotted for at planting time - when they are mature and overcrowded is not the time to take action
- match the plant's specific needs with the level of care you're willing to provide

Waterwise Thinking
- water less frequently; but, more deeply to encourage roots to grow into soils that are deeper and more moist
- collect rain water in barrels or watering cans to use for watering needs rather than tap water
- mulch garden beds to help trap moisture in the soil
- water in the morning to prevent evaporation: Early morning is best as it gives any water accidentally spilled on the plants a chance to dry before the sun uses it to burn the plant
- improve drainage to prevent pooling or excess runoff
- reduce lawn areas where unnecessary and replant with perennial or shrub beds

Pest Management
- identify pests and diseases before selecting a control: garden centre staff can help you with this; and, provide you with organic and least-toxic options
- use organic fertilizers, soil additives or compost to reduce chemical fertilizer applications
- add plants that attract beneficial insects

Wildlife Habitats
- include native plant species where suitable to the garden environment
- add flowering, nectar-producing plants for insects, birds, butterflies; and, other winged pollinators
- place a bird bath, pond or other water source for wildlife nearby in a somewhat sheltered area
- vary the height and density of plantings to create a diverse habitat

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