Our intent is that instead of polluting the environment, landscaping can mitigate toxicity and support health. Landscapes can conserve water and energy, enhance biodiversity and ecological function, and even provide healthy food for people.
Landscaping, traditionally, is far from being ‘green.’ Common landscaping practices such as chemical applications of fertilizer and pesticides are creating environmental hazards. Especially when you consider that quite a few ingredients in standard lawn chemicals are on the EPA’s ‘Toxic Release Inventory’ as causing nerve or brain damage, infertility, and more. These chemicals leach into our ground water supply (lawns are responsible for 55% of chemical toxicity in tap water), and we drink tap water and wonder why the modern human has a myriad of diseases and disorders that were not such a problem in pre-industrial eras. Lawns have a place, providing space for play and relaxation. But, as with all plant care, they can be done in a non-harmful way. We are certain once people become educated about their options, they will move towards a natural, organic method.
“Does organic landscaping work?” Organic landscaping has a whole different approach and objective than traditional landscaping. Some of our solutions with organic/ sustainable landscaping:
- use of compost and non-toxic fertilizers, eliminating pesticides, herbicides and synthetic chemicals
- use of low-water plant material to withstand drought and minimize irrigation
- reduce the size of your lawn (1/4 of all residential water use goes to lawns)
- allow biodiversity in lawns; get beyond the monoculture-grass look. Needing lawns to be weed-free is a mental construct and generally not nature-friendly
- use of hand-mowers, brooms and rakes instead of power tools where feasible
- composting for nutrient cycling and healthy soil, the heart of an organic garden
- plant choices support biodiversity of native flora and fauna
- keeping chickens for eggs and amusement- and soil health/ productivity
- flowers that attract pollinators and beneficial insects for integrated pest management