Landscape contractors perform a myriad of services from maintaining and managing a property to renovating an existing yard or garden to designing and installing a new landscape. With global warming at the forefront of people’s minds, landscape contractors can help you make your landscape more eco-friendly and secondarily save you money on water and fertilization costs. The following are simple changes you can make to your yard either by yourself or with the assistance of a landscape contractor.
§ Aerate your lawn yearly. By improving the soil’s physical properties, lawn aeration improves water retention thus, minimizing your lawn’s water needs and saving you money during the warmer summer months. Also, yearly lawn aeration by a landscape contractor or other maintenance provider can reduce the need for chemical fertilizers further helping the environment.
§ Reduce lawn square footage. You can cut out some monthly maintenance and water costs simply by reducing the amount of lawn and replacing that square footage with hardscape or drought tolerant plantings. Quality landscape contractors can assist you in designing and installing a more water efficient landscape through the integration of hardscape elements such as stone walls, brick, stone, or concrete patios, and wood decks along with more drought tolerant plantings.
§ Plant drought tolerant plantings for low-maintenance landscape. Consult a landscape contractor or other landscape design professional to determine which drought tolerant plants work best for your home and climate. Often native plantings are more tolerant of less water and more forgiving of soil conditions. There are many beautiful selections of plantings that will provide year round interest in your landscape while helping you save on water usage.
§ Incorporate “Grasscydling” into your maintenance schedule. Ask your maintenance provider to not bag your lawn clippings and instead, mulch your lawn with the clippings during mowing. The grass clippings increase the health of the soil and thus the health of the lawn in addition to minimizing waste. Through grasscycling, you can reduce the amount of chemical fertilizer needed to keep your lawn green because the mulch returns necessary nutrients back to the soil naturally.
§ Install a high-tech irrigation controller. Landscape contractors can install one of these smart irrigation controllers within a day allowing you to easily comply with the increased water rationing happening in towns and cities everywhere. Through the use of satellite technology combined with water conservation ideas, weather information, and sensors, these controllers manage watering times and frequency. For example, the smart controllers will turn off automatically during times of rain, high winds, or low temperatures. Some municipalities offer rebates for the installation of these smart irrigation controllers. Consult landscape contractors or other landscape maintenance professionals with the knowledge of your community’s irrigation regulations and conserve water as well as save money.