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Get a Greener Home with Landscaping Ideas

Spring is right around the corner and now is the time to plan your landscaping changes to become more green.

Everyone is trying to reduce their carbon footprint. It’s good for the planet and good for your pocket too. Also, it’s just the right thing to do.

One of the best places to start is at home and one of the best areas to start is in your landscaping since a lot of resource wasting can take place outdoors.

Here are some common sense landscaping ideas for a greener home:

- If you rely on a sprinkler system to water then wait until late afternoon or evening after dark to water. When you do it in midday a lot of it is evaporated off, and it takes energy to pump and move water. So the less you use, the lower your carbon footprint will be. Your plants will also thank you because when you water in the evening it has a chance to sink deeper down into the roots.

- Add some large trees and bushes to cool your home. If your home is directly exposed to the daytime sun during hot summer months, then why not consider planting some large trees that can help to cool your home when they finally grow large enough.

-  Be careful not to over fertilize your plants. It takes energy to produce fertilizers and some of them are even made from petroleum products. Besides plants don’t like being over fertilized because too much of it will burn their roots, which in turn leads to stunted growth. Cut your fertilizer use to save your plants and to help save the environment.

- Including rocks into your landscaping is just one more of the many great ideas for a greener home. They also require zero maintenance. What catches many homeowners off guard however, is how expensive larger landscape boulders in particular can be.

-  Add smart controls with moisture sensors to adjust the water distributed on your lawn.

Spring is right around the corner and now is the time to plan your landscaping changes to become more green. So contact your local landscape company to help you with your plan.

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