Ecological Landscape Design and Organic Lawn Care

 


Article by: Chip Phelan

There is a growing , Rosemary recognition, that the expanding suburban landscape , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier is having a negative environmental , Give your Seeds a Head Start - How to Start Your Seeds Indoor impact. Suburban development often includes vast energy , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening for Beginners (part 18) Gray Mould dependant monocultures (perfect, grass , Fertilizing Your Lawn for a Beautiful Landscape lawns). They consume a significant amount of natural , Quickly Grow a Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier resources, (water to keep them green , Slugging It Out In The Trenches and gasoline to keep them trimmed), and they reduce the amount of habitat , Deck Swing Buying and Assembling Tips available for native wildlife. , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening for Beginners (part 18) Gray Mould Over use of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides can leach into water , Properly ing Hillside and Sloped Landscaping supplies and be harmful to children and pets. Trends toward ecological landscaping , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience and organic , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier lawn care are lessening the detrimental effects of these designs. , Robotic Lawn Mowers Keep Burglars Away Many landscape , Teas Important Role in Reducing Disease designers are recommending native plant , Hammocks - Relax in a Hammock Bed, Chair, or Swing species, and even golf course managers are moving toward organic , Favorite Tea Herbs to Grow methods.

In practical terms our goal should be to move away from designs , Why I Decided To Plan My Next Years Garden Last Fall, And Why that depend on an extensive use of energy, , Teak Planters - Accent Your Outdoor Space with One without asking people to give up their lawns , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner entirely. There are a number of options:

* Buffer zones and open space requirements in subdivisions allow for wildlife , Do It Yourself Landscaping: 6 Things You Must Know Before You Start corridors and bird , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! habitats.

* Leaving a portion of each lot in a natural , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here state will invite birds , Bonsai Trees For Sale: What Are Your Options? and beneficial insects into the yard, , Getting Tulips to Bloom for Two Months in Your Garden while reducing the amount of grass , Waterfall Ponds to water , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! and mow.

* The use of native plants , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn in the design , Seeding Flowers Indoors: An Inexpensive Way to a Beautiful Summer Garden will greatly reduce the amount of care needed for the plants , Teak ers - Accent Your Outdoor Space with One to thrive.

We should stop worrying about whether our lawns , Properly Watering Hillside and Sloped Landscaping looks like the eighteenth fairway of the local , The Garden in Winter country club. Many of the "weeds" that appear in our lawns , Hammocks - Relax in a Hammock Bed, Chair, or Swing are considered to be medicinal, by herbalists, and others attract beneficial insects.

We should stop over watering our lawns. , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening for Beginners (part 18) Gray Mould Don't worry about your grass , Favorite Tea Herbs to Grow dying. Grass , Slugging It Out In The Trenches will turn green , Safety On Lawn Tractors when it rains. Trust me.

If you must have an all grass , The Garden in Winter lawn, there are organic , Teak Furniture - How to Care for it Properly methods that claim to do as well as chemicals will. It's probably a good idea to test any remedy before applying it to your entire yard. , Container Vegetable Gardening - The Easy Way To A Mouth-Watering Harvest Spot treating problem areas will often be all that is needed.

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The first and most important thing to consider in an ecological landscape , The Garden in Winter design is an environmental , Deck Swing Buying and Assembling Tips assessment of the site. Is it more like a sunny meadow or shady woodland? Is it wet and marshy or dry and well drained?

Secondly, find out which native plants , Deck Swing Buying and Assembling Tips thrive in your particular environment. , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances This can be easily done by taking a closer look at what is growing , Patio Accessories Complete The Great Outdoors in undeveloped areas around you. Look at areas that most closely resemble your site. Species that are flourishing in the wild in similar ecosystems nearby are more likely to do well, with little or no care, than species growing , Italian Vegetable Seeds in different ecosystems, not to mention different regions of the country or world.

Some purists would argue that only native species be considered, but I personally feel that non-invasive species from other parts of the world are acceptable if used in the proper environmental , 5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance setting. Whenever possible choose species that are propagated locally and select varieties that are disease, , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner pest , Make A Good First Impression: Landscape Your Driveway and drought , Do It Yourself Landscaping: 6 Things You Must Know Before You Start resistant. This will preclude the need for intensive care and excessive watering.

Many native plants , 5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance are often found growing , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones as part of a larger community of plants. , Do It Yourself Landscaping: 6 Things You Must Know Before You Start For reasons we don't thoroughly understand, plants , Slugging It Out In The Trenches appear to form symbiotic relationships with each other. This may be for shade, nutrient contribution or protection from pests , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances to name a few. When studying the local landscape, , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones pay attention to plant , Why I Decided To Plan My Next Years Garden Last Fall, And Why relationships. In the wild, vegetation occurs in layers from groundcovers to taller plants , Pond Filter and shrubs , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! and often to a tree , Rosemary canopy above. These layers provide a diverse habitat , Viburnum Dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' for a variety of wildlife. , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here Recreating these conditions in even a small part of your site will help to enhance the overall health of the environment , Properly Watering Hillside and Sloped Landscaping around you.

In many instances homeowners will wish to deter certain wildlife , Deck Swing Buying and Assembling Tips species, while attracting others. While it may be possible to discern which plants , Favorite Tea Herbs to Grow attract different species in the wild, it may not be as easy to determine which plants , Italian Vegetable Seeds will deter them. Local , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner landscapers and plant , Robotic Lawn Mowers Keep Burglars Away nurseries will often be able to advise you about this.

Wherever you live and whatever your landscape , Storm Damage and Mature Tree Pruning consists of, a little thought about working with the natural , Caring For Your Juniper Bonsai environment and a commitment to organic , The Garden in Winter lawn care practices, will save , Container Vegetable Gardening - The Easy Way To A Mouth-Watering Harvest on maintenance cost and benefit the larger community landscape. , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances
EzineArticles Expert Author Chip Phelan
Chip Phelan, a contributing editor for Organic Gardening , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience Review, is an organic , Viburnum Dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' gardener living in Rhode Island. He has been gardening , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier organically for 30 years while working as a sculptor and photo imager. He has recently created a research garden , Give your Seeds a Head Start - How to Start Your Seeds Indoor to experiment with organic , Rosemary and small scale sustainable gardening , Waterfall Ponds techniques.

Organic Gardening , Fertilizing Your Lawn for a Beautiful Landscape Review is a resource center for organic gardening , Hydroponics - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment enthusiasts and features , Hammocks - Relax in a Hammock Bed, Chair, or Swing his efforts and interests in all aspects of organic gardening. , Container Vegetable - The Easy Way To A Mouth-Watering Harvest Find us on the web: http://www.organicgardening-review.com

Looking for a place , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones to share organic gardening , Water Ponds and Wildlife - How To Attract More Animals to Your Backyard info? Visit our Organic Gardening , How To Build A Patio Cover Discussion Forum at: Organic Gardening , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! Forum

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