The importance of landscaping for the local environment, also called native and natural landscaping should not be overlooked. What this means is that plants that were native to the region before European settlement are used. You can arrange these native plants in a formal garden, or perhaps you can try to picture a more natural meadow when the arrangement is made.
The fact is that when native plants become established, they will require very little mowing, irrigation, and chemical treatment. When compared to conventional landscaping, landscaping for the local environment usually offers substantial environmental benefits, as well as savings.
Local environment landscaping is promoted as a way to improve air, water, and soil quality. Natural landscaping also helps with erosion control, prevents flooding and promotes biodiversity.
Sustainable urban development is aided by having native landscaping as a tool. It reintroduces the area's natural heritage, and it helps to connect urban residents with the natural environment as a mean or promoting culture conservation.
Regrettably, one person's beautiful local flowers and shrubs may be perceived by another person as weeds that are unsightly and unkempt. In order for local environment landscaping to take root, there must be local education and acceptance. If the urban population does not know the plants that are native to the area, they are less likely to view them as acceptable, and natural landscaping will not convey the intended ecological benefits.
When it comes to natural landscaping, bigger seems to be better. Studies have shown that people seem to prefer and better appreciate large parcels, one acre or more, than they are small gardens. However, if care is taken to educate the public, studies also show that people can appreciate small patches of prairie plants, and their attractiveness will be perceived and well-received.
There is no doubt that traditional landscaping and natural landscaping can differ considerably, and native landscaping must maintain a level of order so that it can be well received by the public. If designs look too wild, unkempt, or overgrown, they are probably going to be rejected by people who are used to orderliness in gardens.
Even though natural landscaping is designed for the local environment, or with the local environment clearly in mind, care must be taken so that the general public accepts it, and it can therefore be maintained over the long run.
In addition, the perception that natural landscaping is more expensive than conventional landscaping is not true. When natural landscaping is tested against cost/benefit models and hands-on experience, the opposite is true. Furthermore, native plants provide environmental benefits that cannot be measured through cost-benefit models.
Erosion benefits, fertilizer filtering, water quality improvement and less chemical usage are just some of the advantages that can be garnered through natural landscaping. There is also a reduction of pollution because less mowing and chemicals are involved.
Therefore, if you believe that helping the environment is essential, then you should definitely consider landscaping for the local environment. It may just be that you provide benefits for yourself, the local community, and the biodiversity in the area where you are currently living.
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