Sustainability is a term that’s become common-place. In fact, we hear it so often it’s easy to disregard it as a hollow marketing phrase used by businesses in an attempt to gain kudos. Also, sustainability as a concept has become synonymous with the environmental movement. However, it’s more than that. Sustainability is a way of living that’s been around for a very long time. For instance, think about the way even your grandparents lived. They’d always keep containers to be reused. They’d generate very little waste. They would repair things rather than buy new ones. And they grew their own food where possible. In short, they instinctively lived a lifestyle that minimised their impact on resources; ergo, they lived sustainably. Only they called it being ‘thrifty’ and exercising ‘common-sense’! So, how can you create a sustainable landscape that reduces your impact on the environment and its resources? Here are a few easy ways to get started.
A Sustainable Landscape Means Native Plants
Planting native vegetation is good for the local ecosystem. And, as a bonus, native plants are much more likely to thrive and produce a lush and healthy garden. On the other hand, non-native plants can create issues for indigenous vegetation.
Use Natural Materials such as Stone
Reusing natural materials that are already in your yard is the ultimate step to sustainability because you’re reducing transport. More likely, though, you’ll need materials brought in. So, choose natural stone and wood from a sustainable source where possible. Also, stone from your local quarry is a great idea.
Green Systems for Sustainable Landscaping
Having an eco-friendly yard isn’t just about landscaping. So, think about integrating green systems that reduce energy and water use. These might include solar lights and water pumps for water features, irrigation systems, and rainwater collection.
Grow your own Veggies
Why not turn part of your yard into a productive veggie patch? After all, growing seasonal vegetables and salad is a fantastic way to use your land sustainably and delicious too!