So you’re looking to make the move to organic landscaping. In theory, the switch seems like an easy one but there is more to consider when making the transition than just ditching chemical based pesticides. Here are a few other things about organic landscaping that you’ll want to take note of before jumping into an organic landscaping overhaul-
Know what you are working with.
As with most projects, the first thing you should do (aside from hire a professional) is to get a good grasp of what you are working with. From understanding how much square footage you have available to knowing which spots get the most sun and shade. In addition to getting a physical lay of the land, the analysis period is the perfect time to conduct soil testing to make sure your yard is hospitable to life.
“The right plant for the right place”
Not all plants are created equally, which you probably already know if you’ve tried your hand at gardening. When planning out your landscaping, taking into consideration what plants will do well in what spots of your yard is critical. Each space presents unique conditions that will need to be catered to when drafting your dream yard. Sun and shade aren’t the only factors to consider though. “Matching plants to conditions in your landscape can help them thrive, once established, with little or no irrigation and few or no fertilizers and pesticides.”
Don’t get a one track mind when landscaping. Using a wide range of plants helps promote an “ecosystem” of fauna and a symbiotic relationship . This can also include mixing hardscaping and landscaping- considering swapping some grass for brick pavers or natural stone to amp up the diversity.
Responsible watering practices
Consider grouping plants with similar water needs in close proximity to each other. Grouping vegetation reduces water use in addition to protecting from over and under watering. One of the key concepts behind organic landscaping is sustainability so you’ll want to factor in efficient water use when planning things out with your landscaper.
Calling all pollinators.
Bring on the bees! Not only are bees a critical part of the larger ecosystem but they are crucial to making sure your landscaping efforts don’t go to waste. Choosing colorful, flowering plants will bring all the bees to your yard (no milkshake required).
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