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3 Ecological Landscaping Ideas for Your Home

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ecological landscapingLandscaping may sound like a daunting task, but it can be simple and fun! If you would like to landscape your home this summer there are plenty of ways to do so. Although you can always hire a landscaping company, it will be more rewarding, and fulfilling, to do the work on your own. You can also focus on exactly what you want. Here are a few ways to make your home look beautiful, and be beneficial for the planet:

Plot it out

The best thing you can do for your garden and your yard is to plot it out. You can use a gardening app to map out this year’s flora, or you can use a pencil and paper. Use whatever is best for you. You will have an organized, working garden that won’t immediately be taken over by weeds if you need to take a few days off.

Be pollinator friendly

Planting flowers such as purple coneflowers, starflowers, and lavender will add color and sweet smells to your garden, but will also help protect and nourish the ecosystem around you.

As many know, pollinators, such as bees, in much of the U.S. and Canada have been struggling with a lack of pollen-rich flowers and herbs. This means the honey we love is becoming less plentiful and the earth is losing potential growth and diversity. Though it may seem simple, by planting a few flowers that attract pollinators you will help your neighbors and Mother Earth.

If you’re worried about getting stung, there isn’t much to fear. Unless you provoke or aggravate the bees they will continue to mosey along looking for pollen. If you do have a dangerous allergic reaction to bees, however, we suggest growing pollinator plants on the edge of the property.

Compost

Composting is a wonderful way to reduce waste while bringing nutrients to your garden’s soil. There are plenty of composting bins, tubs, and other products you can use or you can begin with a pile surrounded by wood. Find out what works for you and then go from there.

What you put in your compost will be of the utmost importance. Organic table scraps, as well as vegetables, eggshells, teabags, and old bouquets are suitable to put in your compost. You should avoid fish, meats, proteins, and other materials that may be difficult to break down over time. By keeping your compost light and diversified you will have a quicker turnaround and better soil.

You may also want to consider purchasing worms specifically for your compost. They will break down the soil faster, and make it easier to handle and work with.

Landscaping your home can be beneficial for you, your family, and the earth. By starting with these tips, you are well on your way to a beautiful yard.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com