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10 Sustainable Landscape Tips

Sustainable landscapingNative plant material requires less water than a baseline palette

Protect your landscape while making smarter use of vital natural resources. Sustainable landscaping is good for the environment and can impact the bottom line as well. Here are some landscape best practices that can improve a property and save money.

  1. Design your landscape with local climate, soil conditions and water requirements in mind.
  2. Create water zones so that plants with similar needs are grouped together and irrigation is more efficient.
  3. Reduce fertilizer requirements, improve pest tolerance and reduce green waste by using appropriate plants.
  4. Consider converting some turf areas to low-water use plants and shrubs.
  5. Send less green waste to landfills and reduce labor costs by keeping plants naturally pruned and recycling clippings on site for healthier plants.
  6. Conserve more water through a combination of smart water technologies, better scheduling and high-efficiency components.
  7. Incorporate dormant pruning into the plan, which is done during the winter months when plants have stopped growing.
  8. Use colorful perennials or wildflowers to reduce the number of seasonal color changes.
  9. Mulch mow turf grass areas rather than continually pay for grass cuttings to be removed.
  10. Plant trees to increase shade, moderate building temperatures and save on energy costs.

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Gregory Ray

What do you call a landscape architect who understands how to design memorable environments that are also constructible and highly functional spaces? The answer is Gregory Ray. Greg recently came to ValleyCrest from the home building industry where he led the landscape program for a major home builder. Prior to earning his degree as a landscape architect, Greg founded a landscape construction company to earn his way through college. With over 30 years of experience, Greg has found his passion in reintroducing an attractive native plant palette in drought prone communities throughout the Southwest and Western regions.

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