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garden-230x300Texans understand that droughts can often ruin perfectly good backyards. With water restrictions, your yard is likely to shrivel up and your plants to decay. While there are drought friendly landscaping techniques like Xeriscaping, another great way to create landscape design within your yard without using too much water is ecofriendly landscaping. Ecofriendly landscaping helps you to create a yard that can become more productive over time and helps the environment, which is something we all need to do. Follow these five tips to create an ecofriendly landscape in your yard today!
  

One: Incorporate Native Plants in Your Landscaping

  
When planning your landscape, consider using a collection of native plants. Native plants are important to use because they are already adapted to the habitat in which you live. For example, most native Texan plants are pretty hardy because they sometimes have to go for a while without water. Native plants will naturally require less maintenance and water than exotic plants. They are also more resistant to pests and diseases than many exotics, reducing the need for pesticides. Additionally, native plants attract native wildlife and beneficial insects. While you don’t have to exclude exotic plants from your garden, you should definitely consider native plants first. If you would like help deciding which plants to use, or where to plant them, look through our plants available and see what you like!
  

Two: Convert to Drip Irrigation Systems

  
Drip irrigation systems (micro-irrigation systems) deliver water directly to your plants with minimal waste. This way, you don’t have to overwater or underwater your plants! You can give them exactly what they need. Drip irrigation systems are around 90 percent efficient, whereas traditional sprinkle systems are only around 50-70 percent efficient. If you’d like help in setting up your irrigation system, consider a highly qualified landscape design company like Scapes, Inc.
  

Three: Cut Down on Energy Use with Solar Powered Landscaping Lights

  
One of the major downsides of using solar energy is how expensive it is. However, using solar energy in the short term does provide benefits for the long term! Using a few solar powered landscaping lights can help to reduce your overall energy use, which means helping the environment as well as your pocketbook!
  

Four: Use Rain Barrels to Irrigate & Landscape

  
If you don’t want to irrigate your yard at all, consider cutting back on your water usage by storing water in rain barrels and then using that water to irrigate your garden and landscaping. Rainwater is naturally soft water that is chemical-free, which means plants love it! Using rainwater also reduces municipal storm water runoff.
  

Five: Compost

  
One of the most ecofriendly things you can do is to compost. Composting occurs in nature and is a process that keeps organic nutrients cycling from soil to plants and back to the soil. You can use organic waste from your home to return needed nutrients to the soil. Things like fruit peels, grass clipping, leaves, etc. are great materials to recycle and mix into garden soil.

Ecofriendly landscaping is good for the environment as well as your wallet. While you may have to spend some money initially, you save money in the long-run. If you’d like advice on how to get started, or if you’d like you yard set up the ecofriendly way for you, consider contacting us today!
  
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