Landscapes that are built to conserve resources are designed and incorporate low-impact development, environmentally sensitive features, non-invasive native plants, and integrated pest management. Basically, the intention is to build a diverse landscape that aims to protect clean water and air, support wildlife, and support a healthier and more beautiful human environment.
This type of landscape uses environmentally friendly management practices in order to build gardens that are sustainable, low-maintenance and most of all beautiful. Building Earth-Kind landscapes have certain purposes that include reducing the use of pesticide and fertilizer, conserving energy and water, and recycling landscape wastes.
There are five easy-to-implement practices that can help you transform your current landscape into one that is Earth-Kind:
- 1. Turf Maintenance
- 2. Irrigation Auditing or Evaluation
- 3. Cycle and Soak Watering Irrigation
- 4. Low-Volume Irrigation
- 5. Fertilizing Based On Soil Tests
Constantly changing and brimming with life, wetland gardens make a nice focal area in any backyard. These gardens provide great habitat for birds, dragonflies, reptiles, and frogs. Likewise, wetland plants are versatile, hardy and can cope with long dry periods. Which means they can be suitable for a number of garden situations, even in dryer climates.
Rainforests are the earth’s most diverse ecosystems. They thrive in high moisture locations although, the soils in the area are often poor. Made up mostly of tall trees, these living plants and litter their leaves onto the ground. That litter stores most of the nutrients which is in turn cycled rapidly through the ecosystem. This is because of the many fast-acting invertebrates found in the leaf litter. The fruits and flowers found in many rainforest trees are usually of huge importance for birds and butterflies.
Bird gardens are designed to attract birds into the yard. By incorporating your garden with a huge variety of local native plants that bear fruits, flowers and seed at varying times in a year, you can expect to see many birds flying in for a snack. To attract the larger, more aggressive species such as the Noisy Miners, design your backyard with uniform garden beds that have nectar-rich shrubs. To attract smaller birds, provide them with a place that’s safe sheltered where they can go about their everyday rituals. Plant a variety of groundcovers and shrubs densely so they create a layered garden with lots of good hiding places.
This type of landscape displays local plants that are hosts during the larval stage of a butterfly as well as plants that will provide food to adult butterflies. Just plant a variety of flowering plants to provide butterflies with a lot of nectar.
Many coastal trees have great windbreak capacities since they are accustomed to stiff coastal winds and have the ability to withstand storms. Moreover, they are fast growing which is important in moving sand dunes. Coastal plants are among the toughest plant variety which makes them the best plants for gardens that are near the coast.