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Friday, 06 February 2015 11:09

Designing Sustainable Landscapes

Written by  Nancy Forster
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By: Cris Poggi

blogThe idea that spending time in nature can make you feel better is intuitive. The idea that spending time in your own beautiful, sustainably designed, and sustainably managed backyard is smart. Consider the peace of mind knowing that you, your family, and pets are safe from harmful chemicals. Sustainable landscape design aids not only your comfort and enjoyment but saves energy and water.

Our sustainable landscape management program is used extensively in Chicagoland. It includes Integrated Pest Management (IPM): The management of pests and diseases using non-chemicals with the judicious use of pesticides.

Mulching is a very important part of sustainable management. Mulch not only suppresses weeds, it also regulates soil temperature and reduces evaporation.

Residential lawn maintenance can be made more sustainable with core aeration, a taller cut, and irrigation management. Core aeration loosens soil and helps with uptake of water and nutrients. It also stimulates root and shoot growth for a thicker lawn.

Cutting the lawn to three inches helps shade out potential weeds, reducing chemical weed control. We recommend watering a lawn more deeply with less frequency to conserve water and encourage deeper root growth.

When designing the sustainable home landscape, careful thought is given to the choice and placement of plant material to conserve energy, water, and money! The right tree in the right place provides wind protection, shade, and cool air, while adding beauty and privacy to the landscape.

Using native plants and/or disease and pest resistant plants will conserve water. Matching plants to the growing conditions (shade, sun, moisture in the soil, space) is a smart way to not only conserve water but also reduce the need for costly replacements and maintenance. Locally sourced hardscape and plant materials helps support the local economy and reduce the impacts of long distance transportation.

Sustainable design and maintenance requires less maintenance, reduces environmental harm, and encourages the use of local, renewable, and recyclable materials. Beauty, safety, and comfort are all possible using sustainable practices.

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