What makes a beautiful home? It is not all about the expensive interior décor and the latest appliances, but also about what’s outside. But when it comes to landscaping, there are some factors to consider, and one of them is the impact that it has on the environment.
In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of how climate change is impacting lives, which has shifted the paradigm on how the landscaping is being carried out. Most people are drawing away from some landscaping elements to native landscaping.
What is native landscaping?
Native landscaping involves the use of native grasses, trees, and other natural elements in a landscape. It is a preferred method of landscaping because of the several benefits that it has. It is easy to maintain and more likely to survive in a given environment. As an experienced company that understands the region, we will ensure that your landscape is designed using the best native plants.
If you’ve not thought of shifting into native landscaping, here are some of the benefits that you are missing.
Native landscaping benefits
1. It saves water
If you come from an area that’s experiencing water problems, then native landscaping is for you. This is because the native plants are well adapted to such environments and will be able to survive with minimal water compared to non-native plants. By using minimum water, you will have saved on expenses that would have been incurred if more water was used.
2. Higher-resistance to weather
Native plants are well-accustomed to the weather condition of a given place. This gives them the advantage of being more likely to survive compared to the non-native plants. You wouldn’t want to grow a plant that dies every other time due to weather conditions in your region. This will only increase your expenses in the long run.
3. It requires less maintenance
As pointed out already, native plants do not require much maintenance. Since they are well-adapted to the environment, they are less likely to be attacked by diseases. Also, native plants thrive, which means that weeds cannot choke them.
4. It helps to restore the natural habitats
Apart from making your home beautiful, native landscaping also helps to create a natural home for animals in your area. Native plants produce natural food for animals, which encourages them to stay around.
One of the problems that face landscaping is the presence of invasive plants. Native plants are rarely invasive and will allow other plants to grow freely. With the less invasive plants, you have the option to grow any other plant that you may want in the open space.
6. No need for pesticides or fertilizers
Well, it is a fact that traditional landscapes heavily rely on fertilizers and pesticides for them to thrive. These chemicals used have a severe effect on the environment once they become washed into the water bodies, and some sprays also pollute the air we breathe. The pollution is not only dangerous to human beings but also plants and animals.
The advantage with native plants is that they do not require any fertilizers or pesticides for them to grow healthy. These plants are well adapted to the environment and will naturally defend themselves against any disease or fungi. Without the need to use pesticides, you will have saved on money, time, and also helped with the conservation of the environment.
Designing your landscape with native plants
It is important to note that native plants can either be grown from plugs, seeds, or young plants. Your choice depends on the use. Plugs are best suited for a residential property because they are easy to grow and maintain.
For the residential landscape, we always advise homeowners to go for small native plants for decoration. This is because they are easy to manage.
When choosing a native plant to have in your compound, consider factors such as soil type and moisture levels in the ground. Also, use different varieties of plant structures, varying height, and varying flower colors for a better appeal.
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For effective native landscaping, we follow the following steps.
Step 1: Consultation
Consultation provides you with the chance to give relevant information that can be used in the designing and making of other plans that will affect your native landscaping.
Step 2: Planning
To ensure that the project is carried out successfully, our team of experts has to create a plan, carry out the designing, and determine the costs involved. We ensure that you are fully engaged in this step to ensure that everything is done as per your desire.
Step 3: Work
Everything here is now left to us. Our team of experts will now carry out the landscaping, using the best equipment and procedure for good results.
Step 4: Clean-Up
Ensuring that your landscape is left neat is part of our responsibility. So that you are not left with more work to carry out once we are done. We also offer maintenance and repair services for your native landscaping.