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Extend Sustainable Practices to Your Landscaping

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Your building may be sustainable but what about your landscaping? Going green can easily be extended to your lawns, flowerbeds and trees and can help you reduce the use of harmful chemicals as well as your water consumption.

What is sustainable landscaping?

Sustainable landscaping is the practice of designing an attractive environment that is in balance with the local climate and requires minimum resource inputs.

How can you reduce the use of harmful chemicals?

  • Switch to organic fertilizers.
  • Plant native grasses that require little attention.
  • Incorporate organic matter into the soil.

How can you reduce water consumption?

  • Use organic mulches to prevent evaporation.
  • Add 3-4 inches of mulch around flower beds and under trees.
  • Group plants with similar water requirements together.
  • Use irrigation technology.
  • Install soil sensors with rainwater sensors to monitor water retention after rainfalls.

Sustainable landscaping practices can benefit the environment as well as your business’ public perception. You may pay more for the system up front but the benefits of reduced maintenance and utility costs will extend long into the future.