From Dean Dowd on December 17, 2008 in Green Remodeling
You might think all landscaping is green, but this is yet another focal point of the growing green arena. Green landscaping can be as simple as reducing lawn space and planting with energy conservation in mind, while adding more hardscape elements to the landscape, such as paths, patios, and areas paved with natural substances to feature sculptures or fountains.
About.com’s David Beaulieu says, “Energy conservation strategies aren’t limited to how you handle the lawn. Where you locate plantings of trees and shrubs can also play a role in energy conservation. Additionally, three of the most significant ways to reduce environmental pollution are by cutting back on the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.”
Re-Nest, which features “abundant design for green homes,” shows recycled glass as an interesting landscaping material. Glass, ground in smooth, pebble-sized shapes can be used in place of the more traditional aggregate stone for paths and outdoor areas.
An article called Landscaping Trends for 2008 on the Latest Home Improvement, Renovation & Remodeling Trends blog notes these ideas:
- Shrubs, such as wild blueberries and blackberries growing amidst walkways of stone, do not require watering or weeding and reward the owner with an annual crop of desert toppings.
- A patio “landscape” is for those who definitely want areas of the yard that require no maintenance whatsoever. Flagstone pavers, pea gravel, water fountain, lava rock and adornments can transform a dandelion-ridden lawn into a clean, remarkable space.
- Think big! The outdoor space that had previously included just a cooking area can now encompass a grand living space that resembles a second home without the roof, expanding the home from 3,000 square feet to over 4,000 square feet without moving a wall.
One of the most important landscaping trends is that, according to BobVila.com, “Landscaping is much more than pretty plants—a good landscape design can add 20 percent to the value of your property and save up to 25 percent in heating and cooling costs. A professionally landscaped property is a sure ticket to quick resale. It gives a home curb appeal, a sense of place and value.”
You might want to check out the resources at CalFinder for more ideas and licensed landscaping contractors in your area. There’s our landscaping pictures and you can connect with landscapers for free estimates on your landscaping project.
-If you love the way the landscape above balances hardscape with a lush green, natural setting, check out more of Antigua Landscapes’ work: Antigua.
Photo Credit: Antigua Landscapes