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4 Easy Ideas for Eco-Friendly Green Landscaping

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Going green doesn't have to mean digging deep into your bank account. With a few simple organic lawn care tips, you can build green landscaping that looks fantastic while doing good things for the environment.

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  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Tips for Green Landscaping

A few very basic changes in your lawn care can turn your usual landscape into a green one. Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Seek out original plants. Long before we began clearing the land and planting our own gardens, Mother Nature offered ground cover in the form of native plants. These plants are designed to grow in the natural conditions of your area, and that means they don't require the copious amounts of water that newer plant varieties must have. Let original plants reclaim your landscape and you can reap the benefits!
  • Invest in rain barrels. Not enough water to keep your beautiful plants growing? Instead of turning on the tap, look to the skies. Catching water in rain barrels can provide more than enough water to keep your garden lively, and you may never have to tap into the city water supply again!
  • Compost like crazy. Forget fertilizer! Composting with household scraps, greenery, fallen leaves, and the like can provide more than enough natural fertilizer for the plants in your green landscaping plan.
  • The birds...and the bats? Birds provide excellent pest control, and so do bats. According to the National Wildlife Federation, a single bat can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour! If flying insects are a serious problem, put up a few bat houses and let the quiet creatures clear them away for you.

These ideas offer great places to start when planning your green landscape. Your organic lawn never looked so good!

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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