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Eco-friendly Landscaping Tips and Ideas

There are excellent reasons why eco-friendly landscaping continues to grow in popularity- it limits your family's exposure to toxins, saves natural resources, and can keep homeowners money in maintenance costs.

Planning landscaping without pesticides, insecticides, and other chemically based "helpers" can take creativity. However, environmentally friendly design can be affordable and aesthetically pleasing.

Survey Your Site

This step is significant to the success of your landscaping design. You will need to see where the sun hits different areas of your yard, how water drains, wind patterns, and the size of your space. You will also want to consider what space will be used for. For example, if the space will be an area for young children or pets will play, you may not want to plant succulents or cacti- ouch!

Planning Your Design

You will either work with a landscape designer or create your plan to lay out your design pieces. You will want to consider what you already have in place and your budget. Plants may work with your design, or you may have to start from scratch. An expert can help you develop creative touches that work with your budget. You will want to use this information to prioritize your goals. Remember to consider water usage, soil types, insect population, and maintenance concerns. The planning stage is a little more involved for an eco-friendly yard, but it will be worth knowing you are doing your part.

Plant Selection/Preparation

The next step involves shopping for the plants and other materials you will incorporate into your landscape design. Using native plants will reduce the need for pest control and work great with your area's climate. Another essential thing to consider is the size of the tree or bush at full maturity- not just the size when you purchase it! To prepare for plants, plan to use a drip system for irrigation. That will take water directly to the roots and reduce wasted water. A rock garden or hardscape-based design can also be a shallow maintenance choice that still produces a beautiful look.


When ready to plant, dig holes 12-15 inches to promote optimum growth. Add a 2-4 inch layer of organic mulch to help conserve water use. Set your timer to drip after 9 pm and before 9 am to prevent evaporation. Use compost as fertilizer and mulch for weed prevention.

Less waste, water conservation, and keeping toxins away from your family are just a few reasons why more people than ever are choosing eco-friendly landscaping. With careful planning and design, your landscape will be beautiful and healthy for our environment.

Source to Buy Plants and Information on Ecofriendly Landscaping

Periwinkle - Vinca minor - TN Nursery

Periwinkle Plant

Periwinkle is a perennial vine and a low-growing, evergreen ground cover plant with glossy green leaves and small, violet-blue flowers. It is often used to fill in garden spaces and control erosion. Incorporating it into landscaping offers many benefits that add beauty and functionality to outdoor spaces. This versatile ground cover brings lushness, adaptability, erosion control, low-maintenance care, and soft elegance to garden settings. Periwinkle - Vinca minor is famous for its blue flowers, and this flower is an excellent groundcover. Unlike some groundcovers, it proliferates without becoming invasive. Because of this, many home gardeners and landscape designers like to add this cheery flower to their landscape. Periwinkle Plant Has Many Names It initially originated in central and southern Europe. Classified as a part of the dogbane family, this flower quickly spread to the Baltic States, the Netherlands, and the Caucasus. Today, it is grown around the world as a groundcover. Sometimes, people may refer to this groundcover by other common names, like creeping myrtle or myrtle. Periwinkle Plant Helps With Soil Erosion  Periwinkle Plant is truly a gardener’s delight. Its strong roots help to control soil erosion, and its trailing vines are full of glossy leaves. Because deer don’t usually like it, you don’t have to worry about it disappearing. Plus, it can handle some foot traffic, so it doesn’t get trampled easily. Because it is considered an evergreen, it will keep its glossy, green leaves in the winter. After you plant it, the vines will gradually spread over neighboring areas. While it mainly grows along the ground, this vine can sometimes get up to 16 inches tall. Unlike other vines, it never climbs or twines around trees or walls. Instead, you can enjoy having it as a permanent ground cover in your garden. The Periwinkle Plant Flowers Are Sure to Impress The most notable part of this vine is its flowers. They are typically created between early spring and the middle of summer. Sometimes, you will still notice a few flowers in autumn. All of the flowers have a violet-purple shade and a five-lobed corolla. On some species, you can even find white and pale purple flowers. With Periwinkle Plant, you will have an evergreen mat in your garden beds throughout the year. The flowers remain for many of spring and summer so that you can appreciate bright blue pops. Thanks to its rapid growth, you don’t have to wait long to see this lovely vine fill empty areas in your yard.

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