Being environmentally friendly is hugely beneficial. Not only will a “green” home benefit the Earth and your community, but you’ll see direct benefits as well. “Green” practices aren’t just a trend. They’ll help with the efficiency of your home and can often save you loads of money and resources. “Going green” is a smart thing to do no matter how you look at it. And finding ways to be environmentally friendly inside your home isn’t very hard. But it’s a bit more difficult to find tips on what you can do outside, in your Mobile landscape, that can help.
Thankfully, being “green” isn’t too hard, and it often comes down to simply conserving water. Here are a few ways you can help the environment, your community, and your own Mobile landscape:
1. Choose Water Wise Plants
Known for their ability to survive and thrive in desert conditions, water wise plants are a great way to control the amount of water you use in your garden and entire landscape. They don’t need nearly as much water as other plants, but they can just as attractive, if not more distinctive.
The water that goes into your landscape maintenance may not seem like a huge deal, but you can easily use way more than is necessary, and water is a limited resource. The more we can do to conserve it, the better off everyone will be. There’s no way to get around using water, but these plants can help limit the amount you waste. Great examples of water wise plants include sage, yucca, sunflowers, and purple coneflower.
2. Use Mulch In Your Garden
Mulch will help conserve a tremendous amount of water in your garden. First, it will keep out weeds that can suck up the water that was meant for you garden. And secondly, it’ll retain water for your plants, so you don’t have to water as frequently. And organic mulch can come from just about anywhere. Compost, chopped leaves, or even shredded newspaper can all be used as free alternatives to expensive, chemical-rich mulches found in stores.
3. Install a Rain Garden
A rain garden is simpler than its name may imply. It’s just a depression or a small hole in the ground that will take back rainwater that comes off of roofs, sidewalks, driveways, and other urban features. Instead of returning to storm drains, the water can return to the ground with the help of a rain garden. This will improve the quality of nearby bodies of water and decrease costs of local water cleaning.
4. Base Your Design On a Mediterranean Layout
The Mediterranean people spend lots of time outdoors dining, socializing, gardening, and cooking. And their landscapes reflect that. They’ll often feature large, open courtyards that are easy to maintain and require very little water. Concrete walls and gravel beds are also prevalent, often decorate with topiary trees, vines, and other water conserving plants. A professional Mobile landscaper will be able to you with this design, and any features you’d like to include.