Composting and Home Landscaping

The first thing that people see when they look at a home is its exterior. This creates an initial impression, whether good or bad, of how well a person maintains their house. For many homeowners, it is a source of pride, particularly when care and attention are given to the landscaping. A well-manicured lawn and healthy plants and flowers can be taken up a level by making environmentally conscious choices, such as adding compost to the soil. While composting is just one of the step toward having a healthy yard, it is important to understand how and why it is considered good for both the environment and your landscaping needs.

Landscaping and Composting

Composting is a process in which decaying matter of an organic nature becomes a rich dirt-like material that homeowners can use to enrich the soil. It is a method in which food waste, such as egg shells and vegetable peels, are recycled along with grass and plant clippings, twigs from trees, and other types of yard waste. These materials are placed into a container or an outdoor pile where, bacteria, earthworms, soil insects, and fungi are allowed to break them down. People who compost at home must regularly turn these materials throughout the process. Once the compost has reached its dirt-like appearance and texture, it can be used for landscaping. The recycling of certain home and yard materials is only part of the green benefits that come from composting. When used for landscaping, it reduces the number of pests, the risk of disease, and the amount of watering. Plants that grow from compost enriched soils are also less likely to need fertilizers. People often use compost in flower or vegetable gardens, but it may also be added to lawns or to the soil around trees and shrubbery.

Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Ideas for Landscaping

When making outdoor home improvements, composting isn't the only eco-friendly tool or change that can be made. One may also choose to reduce the amount of lawn in their yard in favor of drought resistant plants. A yard designed with drought resistant plants helps to conserve water as they require less watering than a lawn or other types of plants. This is a type of landscaping that is called xeriscaping. Types of plants that are commonly used for xeriscape landscaping include succulents, ornamental grasses, and wildflowers. One can also design and implement a creative rock garden in their landscaping plans. When it comes to flower or vegetable gardens, it is possible to conserve water by installing a drip irrigation system. This type of system is efficient in that it only waters the roots of the plants and won't waste water by wetting the surrounding dirt or rocks.