20 Sep 10 Eco-Friendly Yard Waste Management Tips
There are numerous ways to minimize waste and help preserve the environment. Practicing eco-friendly approaches to waste management is one of the most beneficial things you can do. The goal is to create an eco-friendly landscape that requires minimal maintenance and naturally reduces waste management needs. Consider implementing these 10 eco-friendly landscape design and waste management tips in your business or residential property:
1. Compost Yard Waste
Grass clippings and plant trimmings should be composted as much as possible. If you have a surplus, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems to learn more about proper yard waste management practices.
2. Less Lawn Space
The less lawn you have, the less you have to water and care for it. This tip allows you to keep some of your lawn, but replace portions of it with a low-impact walkway or eco-friendly foliage.
3. Choose Drought-Resistant, Low-Maintenance Plants
Low-maintenance foliage uses less water and also requires less pruning and plant maintenance steps. In addition to yucca, cactus and other succulents, you can also opt for easy-care plants like pansies, marigolds, tulips and asters.
Xeriscaping is a practice of grouping plants by their watering needs in order to reduce the amount of water you use. Consider the slope and incline of your property when deciding on placement; plants in the lowest portions of your yard will naturally receive the most moisture.
5. Mulch Around Bushes and Trees
The use of a professional mulch service can improve the health of your foliage and also reduce water usage. Proper use of mulch can help soil to retain moisture and support healthier, more robust plant growth.
6. Use Low-Maintenance Grass
There are a number of grass species that require less water and maintenance than other turf types. Some of the most popular include Eco-Lawn, Fleur de Lawn, Pearl’s Premium and Bluestem Enviroturf.
7. Consider Synthetic Turf
You can avoid the labor and resource-sapping nature of lawn care altogether by using synthetic grass. Synthetic turf has become extremely realistic and lifelike in recent years, and it requires no watering, cutting, weeding or fertilizing.
8. Use Certified Wood
When installing landscaping elements like porches, decks or stairs, use wood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Avoid using chemically-treated wood and instead favor rot-resistant species like cedar, or eco-friendly synthetic materials.
9. Reuse and Recycle
Whenever possible, reuse existing components or repurpose items from local building sites that have been discarded. Get creative so that you can recycle as much as possible and reduce the amount of new materials used and the volume of items you must discard overall.
10. Landscape for Reduced Energy Use
Strategically planted bushes and shade trees can also help your home or business property to use less energy in all seasons. They can block the harshest rays of the sun in summer and offer a buffer against wind, storms and harsh elements in winter.
Your yard or commercial property grounds should be a consideration when assessing your overall waste management needs. Contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems for more insights about the best practices and options available to you.