Sustainable landscaping is possible within small spaces too. You can have functional and utilitarian spaces around your home even if the space is limited. This kind of good practical usage of space also serves other purposes in Perth and other regions, such as providing privacy, warmth or shade for the building, and controlling erosion.
The same is possible around schools, offices and other commercial establishments too. But all this will require several inputs and a lot of effort to sustain.
What does the project involve? According to industry expert Tim Davies Landscaping, the following are true about maintaining your garden:
• For a typical site, the major input besides money will include time, water, labour, chemicals and fertilisers.
• The output could be plan trimmings, weeds, water runoffs containing chemicals, fertilisers, and others.
• The above two points should be seriously considered and decreased to the extent possible for a sustainable lawn and garden to thrive and be ecofriendly.
• Clever use of space and unique traits already present at the location will help largely to have an environmentally responsible garden.
• Plan to keep the size of the plot, ground slope, conditions of shade and sun, soil type, moisture already present, and air movement, among others. If you plan with all these factors in mind then maintenance will also become easier.
• Next, decide on the use you would put your yard or garden to. It could be to control climate, stop soil erosion, and grow food, kids to play or even maintain a miniature wildlife habitat.
• You can have trees or creepers near the building to cool the temperatures and also utilise the space around the house.
• Use ‘grey water’ or water from the bathtub, washing machines and wash basin to irrigate your garden. This will not only save water but will also save energy and aid in reclaiming other nutrients that would be wasted otherwise.
• Use wood shavings and bark chips as organic mulch for the soil. This kind of mulch cover reduces evaporation, stops growth of weeds and also decreases soil erosion. When the mulch decomposes, they turn into organic manure.
Use smart techniques to use the space in an optimum manner. Plant several water wise plants to save more water. Compost all the garden waste such as weeds and leaves. Try to use native plants and also prevent plant diseases using organic pesticides.
Finally, protect your garden from invasive plants. With these small tips you can maximise the use of the space, have a good garden and also maintain it with little effort.