Green Landscaping In Charlotte
Charlotte gardeners should consider adopting sustainable purchasing behaviors and landscape installments for their Queen City gardens.
To understand how to buy the most ecologically beneficial landscaping for your home in Charlotte, you must first understand the geography and climate of your yard and the Charlotte region. Like many cities in the Southeast, Charlotte is considered a humid subtropical climate with average temperature ranging from around 40° to 80° F throughout the year. Charlotte has a balance of both precipitation and sunny days on an average. Thus, when landscaping your yard, it is necessary to consider climatic patterns to buy the optimal vegetation. Also, estimating the percent of shade and sun your yard receives throughout the day and by season can act as a guide when purchasing plants.
Native, Native, Native
When possible, always buy native plants when landscaping your yard. Native plants have evolved to optimally grow in the Charlotte area and will also help strengthen ecosystem services. Seek nurseries that offer a selection of native plants. Native King’s Greenhouse in Matthews, NC and Southern Styles Nursery & Garden Center are great places to find local and native shrubbery. Charlotte is home to many beautiful species, but aligning your yard with dogwoods, hydrangeas and hostas is a good start.
However tempting it might be to use artificial fertilizers and herbicides for plant growth, applying natural fertilizer, such as manure and compost, is a great way to practice eco-friendly gardening. Installing a personal composting system for your yard is a great way to maximize on organic waste. Local sources also supply compost for landscaping needs, in particular Earth Farm Organics.
Retrofitting your yard with low-impact developments, or simple infrastructure to increase stormwater capture and ground percolation rates, is another green practice that can be easily adopted. Rain cisterns and barrels can be purchased for a minimal amount. Gardeners should take into consideration pervious pavement options, flood-tolerant vegetation and rain garden infrastructure when landscaping their yards.
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Isabel Sepkowitz is a freelance writer. She is an environmentalist who values sustainability, education, and innovation for the emerging green economy. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.