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Tips for Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Going Green doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some easy ways to "go green" which will not only help the environment, but will save you money on heating, cooling, and grocery bills!

Reduce the size of your lawn by adding native plants to your landscape. Replacing parts of your lawn with native plants will take less upkeep, save water, mowing and fertilization. Consider changing your landscape to a small lawn bordered with beautiful plants and native grasses, an eco-friendly choice!

Collect rain water in barrels for eco-friendly landscape watering. This eco-friendly idea will not only enhance your plants but will save you money on your water bill. Note: if you are collecting your water in a rain barrel, keep it covered, keep it safe from children and animals, and empty it regularly to avoid mosquito breeding. Call Zingrone Landscaping to design a fully automated rain barrel system that pumps directly into your garden.

Trees and Shrubs planted close to your home can form a type of insulation for your home year round. Trees that lose their leaves in the winter are perfect for shading your home in the summer, and allowing the sun to heat your home in the winter. Evergreen trees are good for protecting your home from wind in the wintertime and when planted in a row can be a great barrier against wind and cold. Contact Joe to decide the best type of trees and shrubs for you and the best location to plant them.

Plant your own vegetable garden. Growing your own vegetables can save you money at the grocery store and the smallest of homes can have an outdoor pot with tomatoes on a vine.

You can compost leaves, grass clippings, yard clippings, and other green plant matter such as coffee grinds and even eggshells. Just stay away from meat, dairy and other foods, unless you own a cow or a horse then by all means mix that in as well. The key is to have a higher carbon (leaves -brown stuff) to nitrogen(fresh grass clippings anything green) . About 4-1 to say even 5-1 works well. Just keep turning with a pitch fork and water about once a week for about 7-12 months (except winter) and before you know it, you will have some of the richest, darkest, crumbly loam that can be used in all your garden beds. The earthworms will just love your compost. In return they will provide you with some of the best 100% organic fertilizer in the form of worm castings(worm poop).