Let’s begin by first defining what Sustainable means.
The word Sustainable has a few definitions.
“Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment”
“Capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources
or causing severe ecological damage”
These definitions are the foundation of our landscape firm and understanding the impact
we can have is always at the core of what we do.
What are Sustainable landscapes?
Sustainable landscapes are managed with practices that conserve limited, valuable natural
resources, reduce waste, and prevent pollution of the air, water, and soil. The goal is
to provide as much value as possible with the least environmental impact.
What environmental problems are associated with conventional yards?
Conventional home landscapes waste as much as 50% of the water used outside. In addition
residential applications of pesticides per acre is 20 times that of agriculture farms.
Overwatering damages plants and it creates urban runoff that carry pollutants (such as
fertilizers and pesticides) into streams, bays and lakes. Those pollutants have a
significant and deadly impact on the local ecosystem. Additionally pesticides and
herbicides – many of which are toxic to humans – are often tracked inside the home where
they contaminate the air and linger on floors and other surfaces.
A sustainable landscape can be more economical than conventional landscaping. For example,
using organic mulch to reduce weeds and enrich soil is less costly than using herbicides
and chemical fertilizers. Also using the right amount of water for the yard will save you
money on water bills. Placing certain plants in the correct locations can significantly
increase energy efficiency for your home by the shade that the plants can provide.
All these small steps will contribute to a healthier outdoors and will preserve and
positively impact our environment for future generations.
What Are the Benefits of Sustainable Landscaping?
Traditional landscaping often requires a great deal of water, energy, labor, and other
resources — in which case environmental and economic costs might outweigh the natural
benefits of urban landscapes. By contrast, sustainable landscapes rely on healthier,
longer-lived plants that require little or no chemical pesticide and fertilizer use,
dramatically reduce water use, and cut back on waste generation and disposal. Sustainable
landscapes also need less maintenance and do not pollute ground water.
You may have landed upon this page because you are searching for ways to be more eco-friendly or are trying to ‘go green’, but might not know where to begin. There may be some of you who are specifically looking for a landscape designer and would like to know more about what Sustainable Landscape Design has to offer. Regardless of the reason why you are here, we’re so glad that we get this opportunity to tell you a bit more about Sustainable Landscape Design and why we are the ideal firm to help you transform your outdoor space into a beautiful environmentally friendly landscape.