Edible Landscaping Just Might Be What You Are Looking For

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Articles, Home & Garden | 0 comments

Your landscaping is an important aspect of your home that many people choose to neglect. Great landscaping is simple to maintain and increases the value of your home. Edible landscaping takes this idea a step further and creates a space that not only looks stunning, but also assists with keeping your table full of delicious, locally grown, organic produce.

Work With Your Landscaper to Determine an Overall Plan for Your Yard

The first step in any landscaping plan is to map out the yard as a whole, and an edible landscape is no different. Using your home’s blueprints, your landscaper can create a map of your yard that you can then use to decide where you want to plant trees, bushes and annual beds. Once these key elements are in place, you can start working on the individual details.

You will need to decide what kind of look you want your yard to have. You may want to grow as much food as possible, maximizing your use of the available space, or you might want to keep the front looking relatively traditional while building up the back into a large garden area. Less grass means less unusable greenery to care for, but a front yard full of planters might make the house more difficult to sell.

Replace Traditional Landscaping Plants With Local Edible Varieties

Local plants are already adapted to the environment, so they will grow strong and healthy with minimal intervention from you. Fruit bearing trees and bushes will provide the same landscaping impact as ornamental varieties, while giving you and your local wildlife a free meal each fall. Planting these trees so that they protect your house from the Summer sun and Winter winds will also reduce the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your house.

However, keep in mind that shading your entire yard with trees will limit the variety of plants you can have. One or two trees of each type will probably be plenty to keep your family full of jams and pies year round, so this isn’t too much of an issue. Make sure you remember that you need a variety of habitats when planning things out with your landscaper.

Finalize Your Design With Annuals and Maintance Systems

Finally, it is time to plan out the last few details. Most garden crops are annuals that must be planted each year. Using planting beds with a small irrigation system will minimize the amount of watering and weeding you will need to do throughout the year. In the end, it really depends on how much work you are willing to do to maintain the system. Many people prefer to work with all native plants and use them to create a tiny wilderness area that is completely free form. If you would prefer a more modern take, you can certainly use raised beds and stone pathways to create an elegant garden that is simple to care for.

Depending on your budget, you might even consider an aquaculture system where you install a pond of edible fish such as tilapia. The waste water from the pond is used to irrigate and naturally fertilize your crops, improving their yield without using chemical fertilizers. This type of system will require considerably more effort to maintain since you will need to care for the fish on a daily basis, but it does have the advantage of providing a complete food source independent of the commercial food industry.

Edible landscaping is a young industry that has grown from the green movement. It allows homeowners to create a fantastic space around their home that provides a material benefit as well. If this is something that interests you, you should certainly discuss it with your landscaper.

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