Climate change, zero waste, and going green are all at the top of the minds of concerned global citizens and nature lovers these days. There are many solutions being worked on to address these issues whether on a global level, citywide or even in our own personal way.
Natural landscaping can then be our own contribution towards sustainability. Usually using low maintenance plants to beautify our gardens and lawns, it is a cheap but effective choice that can be done to help Mother Nature.
Here are some ways on how natural landscaping can help the environment to help us decide on this natural landscaping option when planning the layout of our garden:
From our science classes, we learned that carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of greenhouse gases from our daily activities. For example, using a motor vehicle emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide just as heating our homes with gas does. Using electricity and consuming products that emit carbon dioxide all contribute to our carbon footprint.
Utilizing natural landscaping such as native plants and tall grasses helps remove harmful gases and some chemicals from the environment. Furthermore, using tall grasses instead of the kind that needs mowing means less gas consumption from weed whackers and lawn mowers. If done in many gardens, this type of landscaping using these low maintenance plants can help reduce the carbon footprint of our landscaping needs.
Natural landscaping can also help reduce or even eliminate fuel emissions that are generated when transporting artificial landscaping materials from their native sources to the intended destination. Utilizing what is available in our natural environment can also mean that the plants have a high chance to survive and there is no need for harmful chemicals to help in their growth.
Less Use of Pesticides and Herbicides
Using natural materials and low maintenance plants in our natural landscaping endeavor can further bring down the use of pesticides and herbicides. These low maintenance plants such as native plants and tall grasses can typically sustain themselves without man-made chemicals.
We can just rely Mother Earth to nurture her own plants as needed. This way, everything is taken of care of as intended without any artificial, damaging or poisonous interventions.
Global Warming Impact
Native plants, tall grasses, and natural shrubs are all wonderful ways to protect the environment. Most native plants require little water and can survive in drought seasons, thereby utilizing less water.
Native plants also have very deep root systems. This allows them to remove more carbon dioxide from the air utilizing their very own filtration system. With the propagation of these plants, this can greatly help the earth with minimizing global warming.
Individuals, families, companies, organizations, recreational parks like golf courses and theme parks, and campuses, are all in a position to help the environment recover from the damaging effects of global warming. By choosing natural landscaping over high maintenance ones, this can greatly help reduce our carbon footprint, eliminate harmful gases in the air and contribute to the overall health of our planet.