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"Easy Eco Friendly Landscape Tips"
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
— Native American Proverb
 

Here are ten “Easy Eco Friendly” tips for your landscape
You can make a difference in your overall
energy consumption & sustainability!
Based on Living in the Midwest Region

  1. Plant evergreens along the west side of your residence to reduce the cold west winds in the winter.
  2. Plant appropriate deciduous trees along the south side of your residence to create a shadier environment, which in turn reduces summertime air conditioning energy consumption.  These deciduous trees will in turn loose their leaves before winter and allow the sun’s rays to naturally warm your residence
  3. Recycle your lawn clippings back into your lawn with mulching blades instead of bagging.
  4. Install a compost bin to recycle your home kitchen food garbage and landscape plant material.
  5. Install “Rain water harvest system” to recycle your downspout water on-site.  http://www.rainxchange.com/
  6. Incorporate native plant species when feasible which tend to be hardier to local regions and can often times reduce long-term maintenance.  Native species are often more compatible with native animals, such as necessary plant pollinators.
  7. If you need an irrigation system install a rainfall-monitoring device to minimize overwatering (i.e. irrigating during a rain).
  8. Set your mower cutting height at 3.0”, which shades your lawn during drought conditions.  Additionally, cutting your lawn higher will minimize debris from accidently being discharged toward windows, which would then need to be replaced.  Turf grass will be more disease resistant and achieve a healthy green appearance when maintained at 3.0” because one only cuts 1/3 of the plant during each mowing.  Lastly, a healthy thicker lawn will crowd out undesirable weeds, which in turns reduces the need for herbicides.
  9. RIGHT PLANT/RIGHT LOCATION: Choose appropriate plants for their locations – (i.e. avoid planting shade-loving plants in sunny locations, which require more water consumption).
  10. Install a rain garden to minimize harmful runoff into our sewers by filtering out undesirable chemicals. Rain gardens can also greatly slow down the speed of water run off.

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