We all understand the importance of taking care of what we have. We clean our homes and keep them in tip-top condition with DIY tasks, we take care of our job by showing up each day and performing the best we can. We take care of our friends and family by providing a listening ear when they need it most.
Taking care of our homes or commercial properties is no different. Whether it’s our lawns, landscaping, outdoor features or any other piece of our property, taking care of what we have is very important.
It’s our duty to care for these areas during our landscaping projects and gardening as well. Doing this in the best way possible also means doing so in a sustainable way. For many years, the local environment wasn’t thought of as much when it came to landscaping. Here at Ground One, our team understands the importance of doing our part in taking care of the soil and environment we’re surrounded by.
Helping The Environment Through Sustainable Landscaping
Landscaping can actually benefit the environment by providing biodiversity and proper drainage. By using natural resources wisely and understanding when to begin landscaping projects, we can reduce negative environmental impact. There are a number of ways that we can do this through our landscaping projects. Here are a few examples:
1. Native plants
Native plants should always be recommended when designing a given landscaping project. Not only do they form good root systems in the soil, but they are also are naturally hardy to our climate and seasons – which is a must for all landscaping projects in Minnesota. Along with this, native plants also provide a great feeding ground for pollinators and other insects, which are essential to biodiversity.
2. Water conservation methods
In a garden, water conservation makes simple sense. It’s also a way to garden with sustainability in mind. The less that you have to water your garden then better, and with proper water conservation methods, you can see your water usage reduce drastically. One great way of doing this is by grouping plants together which need similar irrigation in order to manage their watering. Using mulch helps to reduce surface evaporation and saves water as well. Finally, designing your garden to make the most of surface water flow can help you conserve water by directing it to a pond, or to the area of the garden needing it most.
3. Natural landscaping materials
Another way to create a sustainable landscape is to use low-impact and natural materials. Not only does this make your garden look great, it’s also a way in which you can help the environment. Permeable material means that any excess water will be restored to groundwater instead of running into the drain system. Using recycled wood can also protect forests from logging while providing a beautiful rustic landscape at the same time.
Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Landscape
If your garden is landscaped in a sustainable way, then you’ll discover a surprising amount of benefits. Sustainable landscapes generally require much less maintenance and end up being long-lasting. Good water maintenance means you will spend less time watering along with a smaller water bill. You can also reduce the amount of fertilizers and pesticides you use as you can create an eco-system of natural plants that attract aphid predators. Using sustainable methods is an great way to make any garden thrive.
Quality Sustainable Landscaping
If you want to get your landscaping started in a sustainable way, Ground One Landscaping Design + Build + Maintain is here to help. Our team of landscape and gardening professionals have been serving the greater Twin Cities, MN area with sustainable landscaping services since 1989 and can help design, plan, and build the sustainable landscaping project of your dreams.
Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions regarding your landscaping or gardening project.