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ECO-FRIENDLY GARDENS AND LANDSCAPING
Here are some easy tips that you can use to make not only your landscaping job, but also your home and lifestyle more eco-friendly in the Calgary region.
Planting trees and shrubs
- Decidious trees (trees that are heavy on foliage but are lost in the fall) can be planted on the west and south of the house and can be used as shade from the hot sun instead of using air conditioning.
- Evergreen trees planted in the North and West of the house can serve as a windbreaker against the cold.
- Shrubs can also be considered as insulation when planted around your foundation.
- A smaller lawn means less watering and less mowing, but that doesn’t mean you have to get a smaller backyard. Instead of having a huge lawn, consider planting flower beds, having a deck built, or even installing small rock gardens. This is called xeriscape which is the idea of building drought-resistant gardens.
- Putting a layer of mulch around your trees and plants will slow the evaporation of water, and also inhibit weed growth. This means that your soil will be able to retain larger amounts of moisture every time it rains or you water them. Press the mulch down towards the plant so that it acts as a kind of drain.
- Position your sprinklers where you are sure the water won’t reach paved areas.
- A good way to know whether or not your lawn needs to be watered is to step on it. If the grass springs back up, it means that water isn’t needed.
- Letting your lawn grow to 3″ or more will aid water retention.
- It’s a good idea to deep-soak your lawn instead of carious light sprinklings because the water will be more likely to actually sink down into the earth instead of evaporate. A good way to measure when to stop is to put out a can of tuna. When the can is full, your your lawn has enough water.