Green Landscaping in Maryland
According to a recent study by Southern Cross University, 87% of respondents are making an effort to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
The efforts we take to live a greener life make a difference, and one area you can start is with the lawn.
Green landscaping is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional turfgrass lawns. After all, maintaining turfgrass takes a lot of water and requires a lawnmower. Plus, it doesn’t provide any benefit to our pollinators.
Learn about green landscaping and changes you can make to live a more eco-conscious life as a homeowner.
What is Green Landscaping?
Green landscaping, or eco-landscaping as it’s also called, means creating a yard designed to nurture wildlife and reduce the number of resources used. It also minimizes soil, requires less water, reduces pollution, improves air quality, and requires less time and energy to maintain.
There are many ways to incorporate eco-landscaping, so you have plenty of options. For instance, you don’t have to remove all of your turfgrass if you like the look of it. You can make environmentally friendly changes to the yard while retaining a bit of that traditional appearance.
What Are the Environmental Benefits of Green Landscaping?
Honey bees perform 80% of all pollination across the globe, and a single bee can pollinate 300 million flowers every day.
You can thank bees for much of the food you eat. Unfortunately, our bees are dying due in part to pesticide use and habitat destruction.
Bees are losing their food sources. However, you can help by incorporating plants they need. Start by planting dutch white clover, creeping thyme, and self-heal.
So, how does landscaping affect the environment?
In addition to helping our pollinators, adding more plants and hardscapes to a lawn gives you a beautiful green space, and it’s much lower maintenance than a traditional lawn.
Including native plants in your landscaping means choosing flora that naturally grows in your region, so you can be sure it will do well. That means less time tending to those plants, saving you time and energy. Investing in routine upkeep is all you need to have a stunning lawn year-round.
You’ll also save time by reducing or eliminating the need for a lawn mower. Including pavers and hardscapes in your outdoor space not only creates a beautiful and welcoming area, but it’s also easy to keep clean and maintained.
If you’re looking for more eco-friendly hardscapes, consider permeable pavers. These pavers allow water to return to the ground rather than become runoff which can cause problems in our sewers and bodies of water.
Get Started With Green Landscaping
Now that you know more about green landscaping, you can make a difference and start caring for the planet. Adding native plants and flowers to your yard adds color and visual interest and also helps our bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.
If you’re ready to go over your options for creating a more eco-friendly yard that’s both beautiful and low-maintenance, reach out to us at Blue Collar Scholars to get a free quote today.