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Five Eco-Friendly Ideas for Your Landscape

As a homeowner or business owner, you want the exterior of your property to be as inviting and beautiful as the interior. Suitable landscaping can add curb appeal and keep your yard in pristine condition year-round.

You should have lush gardens, trees, grass, and plants around your property for a more appealing look. However, landscaping can be expensive and harmful to the environment. Fortunately, there are many eco-friendly options you can choose from to improve the look of your property while saving the planet.

Below are five ideas you should consider if you want your landscaping to be more eco-friendly.

Use Rainwater Bins

Rainwater bins collect rainwater from gutters. You can fill up the bins with as much water as you need and store them to use later on your grass, flowers, and vegetation. It’s an excellent choice for those who don’t want to keep using the hose or filling up a watering can. You can save water which means a lower utility bill each month. Rainwater bins can also prevent water from pooling near your home and ruining the foundation.

You don’t have to spring for an expensive rainwater bin. All you need is a plastic bin or tub with a spout you can connect to your house. If you’re a DIYer, you can construct your own using materials you have in your garage or shed. Whether you choose to make your own or buy one, it should stay connected to your drain spout with a cover over the opening of the bin to keep out bugs and debris.

Install a Green Roof

Another way you can help the environment and take the look of your home to the next level is by adding a green roof. It can keep your home insulated, reduce rainwater runoff, and extend the life of your roof.

Creating a green roof requires careful planning. First, you need to decide what type of garden you want. Plant a shallow garden consisting of native plants and perennials for a low-maintenance option. If you’re interested in more shade and don’t mind the extra maintenance that comes with it, you can install a big garden. Plant trees, shrubs, and other large greenery to block the sunlight.

Plant a Pollinator Garden

The benefit of a pollinator garden is two-fold – you give insects the food they need to thrive and give your landscaping the beautiful garden you want. A pollinator garden attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinating insects to your yard.

You can plant perennials or native flowers for a low-maintenance garden or choose from any of these attractive and functional options:planting pollinator garden

  • Lavender
  • Bee balm
  • Dandelions
  • Sunflowers
  • Daisies
  • Catmint
  • Garden thyme
  • Milkweed

Get Rid of Your Grass

Homeowners often strive for lush, green grass. However, keeping your lawn looking healthy increases your water bill and isn’t good for the environment. You also have to spend time and effort mowing it regularly to prevent overgrowth.

Ditch the grass and opt for rocks or sand. You can also use natural ground coverings, such as clover, ornamental grass, or moss. These options don’t require as much upkeep as natural grass.

For a traditional look, you can install turf in your yard. Turf provides a similar aesthetic as grass without the need for watering and additional maintenance. It also helps the soil underneath regenerate faster than natural landscaping options. Make sure to use turf made with recyclable material to keep it eco-friendly.

Try Composting

Use fertilizer made from compost to feed your landscaping and keep it looking lush and healthy. If there aren’t any composting systems in your area, you can take the DIY route and create one in your backyard. You just need water and yard waste, such as:composting eco landscaping

  • Dry leaves
  • Fruit scraps
  • Straw
  • Finely chopped bark or wood chips
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Plant and grass clippings

Use a large container to store everything until you’re ready to use them. You should water the materials regularly and monitor the temperature to ensure everything composts correctly. Composting from scratch is a little time-consuming, but you’ll have nutrient-rich fertilizer for your lawn or vegetable garden when you’re done.

Contact Daybreaker Landscapes

Daybreaker Landscapes has provided landscaping services to residential and commercial customers in the Chicagoland area since 2010. We have the knowledge and resources to assist you with your project for a more eco-friendly yard. Our team of professionals will evaluate your property to determine which options can meet your needs.

If you want to go green and create a yard that’s beautiful while remaining environmentally friendly, do not hesitate to contact Daybreaker Landscapes. You can count on us to find the right solution for your landscaping to help your grass, gardens, and plants thrive. Call (815) 596-0070 or reach out to us online for a free quote.