How to Maintain a More Natural Landscape


Holly WellesMost North American neighborhoods don't deviate much in their landscaping. In suburbs across the country, you'll find well-manicured lawns, trimmed shrubbery, inoffensive trees, and perfectly spaced flowers. It's an admittedly attractive layout, but its effect on the environment isn't so pretty.

Roughly 90 million lawnmowers, leaf blowers, weed trimmers, and other small-engine tools in the United States contribute about 5 percent of the country's air pollution. With this in mind, it's easy to understand why homeowners have shown increasing interest in a more natural landscape. 

If you're ready to commit to eco-friendly landscaping, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about making your yard a little more green. Most of these changes are straightforward, and even if you don't spend much time in your garden, you'll find them simple to implement.

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1. Pick Wildlife-Supporting Plants

Most homeowners choose plants and flowers for their aesthetic value, searching for species which complement their space and lend it color or depth. Fortunately for them, they don't have to compromise the beauty of their landscaping to make a home for wildlife in their area. They can serve both themselves and nature.

When you choose wildlife-supporting plants like hedges, you're structuring your space while creating a natural habitat for a whole host of animals. Birds, hedgehogs, and other small mammals are attracted to hedgerows for their food and shelter. While the property belongs to you, sharing it is still vital.

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