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How To Make Your Garden Earth-Friendly

As spring breathes new life into Bucks County, Nurney Landscape & Design recognizes the importance of preserving and nurturing our environment. That's why we're excited to share some insights on creating an eco-friendly garden, from Rain Bird's guide on sustainable gardening.

The Nurney team knows that embracing eco-friendly practices isn't just a choice; it's a responsibility. As stewards of the land, we're committed to promoting sustainable landscaping techniques that enhance the beauty of our surroundings and protect the delicate ecosystem that thrives here.

Rain Bird's guide provides invaluable tips on how to create an eco-friendly garden, principles we strive to incorporate into our landscaping projects. Here's how we're putting these ideas into action, and how you can too:

  1. Designing with Native Plants: Bucks County boasts a rich biodiversity, with a wide array of native plant species that are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. By incorporating native plants into our garden designs, we're supporting the local ecosystem and reducing the need for excessive water, fertilizers, and pesticides.

Virginia Bluebells (mertensia virginica) is one of the Nurney team’s favorite Pennsylvania native plants. These delicate blue flowers create a lovely woodland feel, perfect for dappled sunlight conditions.

2. Conserving Water: Water is a precious resource, especially in regions like Bucks County where droughts can be a concern. We're implementing Rain Bird's recommendations for water-efficient irrigation systems, such as drip irrigation and smart controllers, to minimize water waste and ensure that our clients’ gardens thrive while using less water.

An example of a drip irrigation system over an ice plant

3. Promoting Soil Health: Healthy soil is the foundation of a thriving garden. By following Rain Bird's advice on composting and mulching, we're enriching the soil with essential nutrients, improving water retention, and reducing erosion. Nutri-Peat mulch, made from recycled organic materials, is a particularly eco-friendly option that we're proud to incorporate into our landscaping projects.

4. Attracting Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. We're creating pollinator-friendly gardens by planting flowers and shrubs that provide food and habitat for these essential creatures. Not only does this support biodiversity, but it also adds beauty and charm to our landscapes.

5. Minimizing Chemical Use: Chemical fertilizers and pesticides can harm beneficial insects, pollute waterways, and disrupt the balance of the ecosystem. Instead, we're embracing organic and natural alternatives to keep pests at bay and promote plant health without compromising the environment.

The principles outlined in Rain Bird's guide helps to draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the Bucks County region, while creating eco-friendly gardens. You can read the full article here:

Need some help creating an earth-friendly garden and landscape? Get in touch with Nurney Landscape & Design by filling out our contact form here or by giving us a call at (215) 794- 8599.


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