If you’re concerned about the environment and want to learn how you can make your property more sustainable, we’ve got some great ways we can help. You may be planning a new project and want to make sure it’s green, or you might want to know what you can do to your existing space to improve it. Here’s how you can incorporate sustainable design into your Syosset, NY, landscape architecture:
Rainwater is an important element in the cycles of sustainability. Ideally, you want to interfere as little as possible with the earth’s natural ways of dealing with precipitation. Permeable pavers allow water to pass back down to the groundwater system, alleviating excess water in stormwater drains and sewer systems. This can also be a benefit if your home is susceptible to flooding or excess water, which can cause damage to your foundation or property. From Unilock, Town Hall is a brick-like paver that comes in a wide array of colors, like deep gray Basalt, Old Oak, and the rustic Heritage Clay. Its small format makes it perfect for intricate laying patterns that add character and charm to your project. Use it for walkways, patios, or even driveways if you want to make sure your large hardscape area allows for water drainage.
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Homeowners are starting to be more conscious about their landscaping practices and are implementing ways of maintaining their property that are less impactful on the environment. This means things like organic lawn care and choosing native plants. Native plants are important because your local bees and butterflies are adapting to surviving off the food they get from the plants and flowers that are in the area they live. Although non-native plants may look very beautiful, often they are not of any interest to bees and butterflies, which are struggling to maintain food sources due to increasing destruction of their natural habitat. Plants like butterfly milkweed, blueberry bushes, and coneflower are beautiful additions that will greatly help the environment. Using organic lawn care means refraining from harmful pesticides and using natural alternatives to fertilizers and pest management.
A rain garden is a great way to control water if you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall, has poor drainage, or slopes in an inconvenient direction. It’s essentially a garden area filled with native plants, shrubs, and trees that have deep reaching roots. This allows the water to penetrate down, to be absorbed by the native plants that are going to prevent soil erosion and help out the birds, bees, and butterflies. Your landscaper will create an area the size of your choosing, depending on how much water you need to control and what you have space for. Plant shrubs or flowers, or even a native tree like a pitch pine or a river birch, and as your rain garden grows, you’ll keep water safely away from your home, helping the ecology around you at the same time.
We hope you found these three ways of incorporating sustainable plans into your landscape useful and informative. Every home makes a difference, so we hope to help make a difference with you on your next project.