Going Green In Your Landscape Design

Landscape design is important for your home's curb appeal, but good landscaping that is appealing and attractive will also increase your home's value. From shrubs and grass to trees and flowerbeds, the various elements to include in your landscaping can be overwhelming. If you are ready to improve your landscaping in a way that benefits the environment and your finances, consider going green with these 3 eco-friendly ideas.


Establishing and maintaining a healthy landscape design requires a great deal of water. While surprising to hear, your lawn alone will require about one inch of water per week in dry conditions to thrive. This one inch of water may not sound like a lot, but it adds up. On average, an area that measures 10 feet by 10 feet will require over 62 gallons of water.

Combine the amount of water your lawn needs with water for your shrubs and flowers and you are using a lot of water. This excess water usage hurts the environment, but it can also be costly if you have a monthly water bill.

Xeriscaping is becoming a popular practice for homeowners who want a nice landscape without using a lot of water.

Instead of a large plot of grass, consider removing all or part of your lawn and creating beds using gravel or landscaping pebbles. Fill in these stone beds with plants that are drought-tolerant. Ornamental grass plants, agave, verbena flowers, lantana, sage, and lavender plants are heat and drought tolerant, so they do not require a lot of water to grow and thrive.

Energy-Efficient Trees

If you want to go green even more with your landscape design, consider installing shade-producing trees around your home to cut energy costs.

Large trees planted on the east, west, and northwest sides of your home provide a layer of protection between your home and the hot summer sun. This shade can cut your cooling costs in the summer by an estimated 35 percent.

Choose shade-producing trees that grow fast without a great deal of maintenance. The crepe myrtle, weeping willow, American sycamore, river birch, tulip, flowering dogwood, pear, ash, red maple, and various types of oak trees are all excellent options to consider for fast and efficient shade around your home.

Going green in your landscape design is a great way to help the environment and reduce your monthly bills. This guide offers unique suggestions for conserving water and energy with unique landscaping solutions.

Don't worry, you don't have to do all of this on your own. You can always call a professional, like those at Purdy Topsoil & Gravel, for assistance.