Eco-Friendly Landscapes by hkksew3563rd

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									?Green homes are now slowly becoming popular with growing number of people
preferring them to conventional homes. Green homes have a more healthy quality of
indoor air, yield more energy and water efficiency, and promote a better and cleaner
environment, in the process reducing environmental impacts.

Modern green homes no longer look weird but are stylishly designed, be they
remodeled, newly constructed or refurbished traditional homes. Although most green
homes are the traditionally wooden-built homes, options are now available for natural
buildings such as super adobe, straw bale, bamboo, rammed earth, clay/straw wall
systems, insulated concrete forms, and insulated structural panel systems.

But eco-friendly landscaping is more than just avoidance of the use of toxic chemicals.
It employs pro-active systems involving general landscaping maintenance on a month
to month basis to include light pruning, weeding, cleanup, removal and termination of
weeds, mulching of beds, organic fertilization of trees and shrubs, thatching, aerating,
and over seeding of lawns, lime, demossing and fertilization of turf, removal of spent
leaves off of bulbs., deadheading of spent blooms on flowers, treatment for flies and
insects, start up irrigation, checking for powder mildew and aphids, new planting,
pruning of deciduous plants, raking of leaves., pruning of deciduous plants, raking of
leaves, and cleanup entrances and walkways. The basic practices employed
encompass certain green practices such as:

Variety of plants. Choosing a variety of native plants encourages a more abundant and
healthy landscape. This belief also helps to prevent pest and disease devastation. To
conserve water, plant beds are designed to grow more draught tolerant plants
incorporated around lawn areas.

Turf maintenance. Mowing and clipping of sidewalks, gutters and drives is performed
on a regular basis according to the type, health condition and seasonal requirements of
the sod.

Pruning. Trees and plants are pruned to maintain health, growth, coverage and visual
appeal.

Edging. Edging of planting beds, curbs and driveways are performed bi-weekly as
specified on a per site basis.

Bed work. Ground mulch are raked on a regular basis to maintain a healthy
appearance. Beds are kept regularly weed free and cleaned of leaves. Landscape
debris in the landscaped areas will be removed.

Fertilizers. Lawn fertilization use only organic fertilizers. Shrub and tree fertilization
are done in accordance with the specifications of the chosen fertilizers as well as what
is indicated by the seasonal requirements and conditions of the shrubs, trees, lawn and
soil.

Irrigation. Irrigation programming is adjusted on an as needed basis. Repairs,
preventative maintenance, winterizing, spring start-up and upgrading are properly
coordinated to insure proper work.

Eco-friendly landscaping generates substantial benefits arising from the lowering in
landscape maintenance costs, reduction in residential exposure to chemicals and the
lessening of risk of ground water contamination. And, according to a study from
Michigan State University, eco-friendly landscaping can add 5 to 11% to a home's
base value.

								
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