Reducing your carbon footprint can be as simple as changing a few decisions in your maintenance routine. That includes the location you need to travel to or from (for grounds maintenance), overall landscape design strategies, choosing the right plants, and growing plants locally.
The defining factors are where plants and landscape materials are purchased, distance required for travel time, and frequency of maintenance. Travel distance includes overseas shipment of special plant orders and materials as well.
Creating a landscape that reflects your native habitat and reducing the amount of non-native plant material in your yard can diminish your overall impact on the surrounding landscape. Installing drip irrigation and rain collection systems can reduce your water consumption while reuse natural resources. Hardscape materials lessen the impact on your landscape by using permeable pavers or other pervious surfaces, allowing water to infiltrate at a consistent rate. They also decrease the amount of turf or planting that needs to cover your lawn surface area, lowering watering use and maintenance costs. Another technique is to remove all non-native species and replace those with native flora.
Choosing the right plant material and maintenance strategies for your home can contribute to a more efficient use of your time and overall energy consumption. A mixture of native comprar grama can reduce your time spent on watering, weeding, mowing and feeding. Studies performed at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (located in Austin, Texas) prove that mixtures of native grasses can out-perform bermuda, buffalo, and mixture of buffalo and blue grama grass. Maintaining healthy plants also contribute to producing more carbon filtration within the atmosphere. Installing hardy trees around your home offsets the costs for heating or cooling throughout the seasons. Organic fertilizers are another way you can treat your plants yet limit negative impacts on the environment.
Supporting your local organic farmers and nurseries reduces the amount of transportation time required to purchase healthy and native plant material. Local gardening chapters may also exist to support edible gardens and planting of native species for use in surrounding neighborhoods.