Green Living Landscaping Ideas
Let's green up your home with some easy landscaping ideas.
One of the best things you can do to green up your home environment is to just plant something! It doesn't matter if you live in an apartment or have a multi acre estate...plants do great things for our home environment and are a key part of green living. It really is easy to have a green thumb with these landscaping ideas!
We all learned in grade school how plants produce oxygen and absorb Carbon Dioxide (way before we heard of Carbon footprints and Cap and Trade); but they do much more for us.
In urban areas, trees, flowers, shrubs and lawns help reduce "Urban Heat Islands" - reducing summer heat and making our cities more livable. Trees can help reduce summer cooling costs and winter heating costs. Plants can help protect lives and property by controlling erosion and reducing the risk of flooding. Plants reduce both air pollution and noise pollution.
And plants make us feel better - take a walk in the park or in your garden and you can feel the stress just melt away.
The great landscape architect, Thomas Church wrote: "Gardens are for People". He was absolutely right. It's all about you! Your garden, your plants, your landscape should reflect what is important to you and your family. With that in mind, your first step is to decide what is important to you, what do you want to get out of your plants, garden, or landscape. Write it down, make a list. Some possible questions to consider are:
-Do you like to entertain outdoors?
-Do you want to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden (once you try it you will be hooked)?
-Do you want a place to practice your putting?
-Do you want to add some green to a dark room?
-Do you want a place to play Frisbee or catch?
-Do you love to smell the roses?
-Does the sound of water sooth you?
You get the idea. This list is all about you. Don't be shy, this is the time to put yourself first! Get your list, then check out the articles below to learn more about how to live a greener lifestyle with your plants.
Click here to learn more about water wise landscaping
Learn about responsible lawn care here
Learn about lawn substitutes here
Learn about landscaping with succulents here
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