Whether you're planning to build or renovate your home, this guide will help you meet a greener standard and join other Edmontonians in our quest to become a carbon neutral city!
Eco-Landscaping Makes Sense
Eco-friendly landscaping offers a wide range of landscape design possibilities that can help your home look great while minimizing chemical fertilizers, reducing water consumption and saving money. Lawns and gardens also provide valuable green space and help increase infiltration and decrease the flow of water off your lot. This in turn reduces the demands on the storm sewer system and can decrease contaminants entering the North Saskatchewan River.
- Choose plants that thrive in Edmonton’s local climate. Learn about types of and suitable to landscaping
- A well-placed line of evergreens on the north and west side of your home provides shelter against winter winds and reduces your home’s demand for heat
- Deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves) on the south side of your house provide shade in the summer, and sunshine during winter
Soil, Mulch and Compost
- Provide a minimum of 15 centimetres (6 inches) of soil for lawn areas and 30 to 45 centimetres (12 to 18 inches) for shrubs
- Soil should be good quality, contain organic material such as compost and drain well
- Mulching in the spring reduces weeds and the need to water. Mulching in the fall protects plants against winter
- Use a backyard composting bin to make natural fertilizer and soil conditioner out of household and yard scraps
Irrigation & Rainwater
- Ensure that irrigation systems use drip or low-volume nozzles wherever possible
- Automatic shut-off devices or times are also recommended
- Capture and store rainwater in a cistern or barrel to irrigate your garden
|Did You Know?
Eco-landscaping approaches to your home’s lawn and garden reduce energy use while improving the aesthetic and property value of your home.