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    Tips for Sustainable Landscape Design

    While aesthetics, comfort, and functionality are all important elements of landscape design, sustainability has become a more prominent area of focus for homeowners and designers alike. That is why many modern landscape projects tend to feature an element (or multiple elements) dedicated to reducing environmental impact or providing a space for wildlife. As leading providers of landscape design and installation solutions, the team at Jovak Landscape & Design understands the importance of sustainability. That is why our team has compiled a list of tips for sustainable landscape design to help you create an environmentally friendly space without sacrificing appeal or function.

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    3 Sustainable Landscape Design Ideas

    The following ideas are great ways to reduce environmental impact and promote sustainability for your property:

    1. Use Local and Reusable Materials Whenever Possible

    When choosing hardscape and softscape features for your property, it is always a good idea to choose products that are locally sourced and have been sustainability obtained. Local woods, stone, and other materials need to travel shorter distances than imported materials, reducing your carbon footprint before any work begins on your project. Many local materials can also be reused and recycled for other projects and products, ensuring that they do not end up in a landfill.

    2. Add Pollinator-Friendly Native Plants

    Though exotic plants may have a certain charm to them, some varieties can be harmful to the local ecosystem. By using plants that are native to your geographical region, you are connecting your landscape to larger ecosystems. You are also decreasing the need for supplemental water and fertilizer as native plants are adapted to live in your current soil and weather conditions. The inclusion of pollinator-friendly plants is also important as this will increase the health of your gardens and the surrounding environment.

    3. Include a Water Feature and Rain Garden

    Water features—such as fountains, birdbaths, or ponds—can be a great way to attract various wildlife, increase pollination, and enhance the appeal of your property. In addition to these water features, it is often worth installing a rain garden. These unique features channel stormwater into a sunken garden area, allowing it to slowly soak into the ground and keep your plants healthy. This harvested stormwater can also be used for your water features depending on their size, reducing water consumption.

    To learn more about landscape design or to inquire about our various landscaping services, get in touch with the experts at Jovak Landscape & Design. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to discuss your landscaping project.