We’ve heard questions and even raging debates over the term “sustainable landscaping,” so people just want to know what it really means. Here is a quick breakdown that answers that question.
What is sustainable landscaping?
The goal of sustainable landscaping is to improve the health for the landscape today so it requires less money to maintain tomorrow. We do this by breaking the landscape into its three components parts, soil, water and vegetation. When all three are working together, the outcome will be a sustainable landscape.
What does sustainable landscaping look like?
Now that we’ve explained with it is, let’s debunk the idea that these landscapes look like wild prairies. Sustainable landscaping as a thought process, not a design. It can be styled to look like just about anything. The methods we’ve developed can be used on any kind of landscape.
Below are two examples of our award winning projects. The image on the left is of sustainable maintenance account and image to the right is a sustainable construction account. You can see they look nothing alike and most importantly, no wild prairies in sight.
How is it different?
Sustainable landscaping requires that we look at how the landscape functions as a system first and then the aesthetics follow.
What problems does it address?
Healthier Soil – It all starts with the soils. Unhealthy or poor soils have reduced nutrients,reduced water infiltration and increased pollution.
Healthier Plants – Stressed plants and are usually caused by a plant being in the wrong place. If the conditions aren’t right the plant will suffer and eventually die.
Better Water Management – Most landscapes can’t handle heavy rainfall or drought very well. Problems range from backyard flooding to high irrigation cost.
Why should I have an sustainable landscape?
The goal is to restore the soil so that it can support healthy plants and filter pollutants. Using the right plant in the right place is critical for a healthy sustainable landscape. We manage the water on-site so that it mimics natural water cycles and reduces irrigation costs. A sustainable landscape will require less fuel, less maintenance, less fertilizer, less water but most importantly less money to maintain.