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10 Tips for Eco-Friendly Landscaping: Energy Conservation, Water Conservation


Windbreaks: attractive, functional.

Windbreaks can be attractive, as well as functional.

David Beaulieu

Ideas for green living may begin with energy conservation and water conservation, but they must go beyond that. Thus the eco-friendly landscaping ideas that I explore in this article extend to issues of environmental pollution and overuse of landfills, as well. "Eco-friendly" is shorthand for a modern approach to life in the West that exhibits a heightened sensitivity (relative to Industrial Age precedents) towards environmental concerns.

As in other aspects of our lives, in our landscaping we can implement ideas for green living to save energy, make the earth a cleaner place in which to live -- and save money, to boot!

Ideas for Green Living: Energy Conservation

1. Reel Lawn Mowers

Reel lawn mowers are an eco-friendly alternative to gas-powered rotary models and a true boon to energy conservation. These devices are muscle-powered, so there's no engine involved. Using them not only promotes energy conservation but also clean air.

If you must do your mowing with power equipment but still wish to stay as green as possible, battery-powered mowers can be a decent choice.

To learn more about reel lawn mowers, please consult the following resource:

Reel Lawn Mowers

2. Cutting Back on Lawn Space

But a change in how you cut your lawn grass is not the only way to promote energy conservation in lawn care. Depending upon a number of factors (including the climate of your region), you may also wish simply to cut back on the amount of space that you have to mow. For some alternatives to maintaining large lawns, please consult the following resource:

Alternatives to Lawn Grass

3. Planting for Energy Conservation

But energy conservation strategies aren't limited to how you handle the lawn. Where you locate plantings of trees and shrubs can also play a role in energy conservation. The following resource contains some ideas for green living that subscribe to the mantra, "location, location, location":

Do-It-Yourself Landscape Design

Ideas for Green Living: Water Conservation

As we saw above, reducing lawn space can promote energy conservation. The premise is simple enough: less lawn means less mowing, and -- unless you're using a reel mower -- less mowing means reduced use of a power source. But reducing lawn space can also promote water conservation. Lawns require more watering than planting beds. In watering planting beds comprised of individual plants, you can target the watering better (using drip irrigation, for instance), thereby promoting water conservation. For more information, please consult the following resource:

Xeriscaping for Water Conservation

And speaking of irrigation, it is a common misconception that automatic irrigation systems are wasteful. On the contrary: if used properly, automatic irrigation systems can promote water conservation. For more information, please consult the following resource:

Automatic Irrigation Systems

On Page 2 we'll look at more ideas for green living....

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