We all want a healthy, green lawn, and there are plenty of ways to achieve that goal, from regular mowing and watering to fertilizers and professional-grade services. But as strange as it may seem, not all lawn care methods are created equal when it comes to eco-friendliness. For example, some fertilizers can have negative effects on the environment even as they help you spruce up your lawn.
For this reason, many Crown Point residents are searching for ways to make their yards stand out while still helping do what’s best for the environment. Green landscaping doesn’t just cover eco-friendly practices though — it also encompasses landscaping ideas that can help cut your energy bills.
There are typically five techniques that professionals use when it comes to green landscaping, and you can employ them too:
- Solar power - Not only are solar panels innately a green energy source, but optimizing your yard for them helps you get the most bang for your buck as well. Look into solar powered lighting for convenience and savings.
- Snow control - Shaping your lawn to control and take advantage of drift snow — especially if you can drain the melting water to strategic areas — can be incredibly advantageous when you’re dealing with the aftermath of a blizzard. You can also install natural “snow fences” to keep snow from drifting into your yard.
- Using green materials - Common landscaping materials, including concrete, wood, mulch, bricks, and stone, may not be the best choice for the environment. There are many different conditions that can make these materials more or less green, and the best thing you can do is research the ones you want to use ahead of time. Standard concrete, for example, is not particularly good for the environment, but reused concrete is a nice compromise.
- Windbreaks - Breaking up wind gusts can keep a cushion of warmer air around your house in the winter. Thick bushes or evergreen trees both serve this purpose well, as they don’t shed leaves in colder weather.
- Shading - This is as simple as it sounds — all you have to do is plant a tree. You can place the tree so that its shade helps block the warm summer sunlight, reducing temperatures by up to 9 degrees. Deciduous (leafy) trees are generally better for this than evergreens, because you will actually want that sunlight heat to make its way through in the winter.
If you’d like to learn more about green landscaping, we’re here to help. Contact Blade Cutters today and get started on your way toward a greener life.