Creating beautiful landscapes in your yard is an organically friendly, sustainable chore that can have a myriad of rewarding results. Many people wonder how to create an organic garden or yard while limiting water consumption and minimizing environmental impact. There are many ways you can make your landscape both sustainably pleasing and special to you. Here are some easy ideas to landscape your yard organically that can dramatically transform your outdoor spaces.


1. Mulch Plants

Mulch your plant beds every year prior to the summer season. Without mulch, your plants will die quicker because they are likely not moisturized well enough. If they are not moisturized you will have to spend lots of money, time and resources to restore them to their original glory. Mulch both feeds earthworms in your landscape and leaves the soil moisturized for long periods of time.


2. Use Garden Elements

Some garden elements you can use to bring appeal to your landscape are birdbaths, simple water features, art pieces and hidden elements. Simple water features tie in well with natural landscapes, providing water sources for insects. Tucking in art pieces gives the eye an interesting object to look at and can act as a focal point of each area. Hidden elements are enjoyable because it gives visitors something to discover, giving your landscape an exciting appeal.


3. Go Organic

Organic gardening is one of the ways we can preserve the earth for future generations. It is not harmful to the environment; the use of natural compost leaves your soil in mint condition. To create your own organic garden, take a wooden box about 2 feet deep and puncture 6 holes in the bottom. Line it with natural compost. Select some seeds of your choice and place them in the box, leaving distance between each seed. Make sure to water your seeds periodically to keep them healthy.


4. Keep Light In Mind

You may have a good set of vegetables, but your plants won’t grow if they do not get enough light. Ask yourself if the light in the area is distributed properly or if there are extremely sun rich areas. (Contact a landscaper specializing in organic landscapes like Laural Landscapes, Organic by Design if you have questions.) Matching plants to light can save you the headache of needing to replant or perform serious maintenance down the road.


5. Plant For Your Needs

If you have a small backyard but choose to plant a big tree, the tree will overshadow your backyard. Use common sense when planning, and scope out the area well beforehand to ensure you are making a wise decision. Also, choose plants that will thrive in your landscape. A little research and planning ahead goes a long way; it will save you lots of maintenance time.


Are You Considering an Organic Landscape for Your Home?

Making the decision to design and install an organic landscape for your home can be a big project to tackle all on your own.  At Laural Landscapes, we have been partnering with homeowners across Contra Costa County for more than 20 years, helping to bring their dream outdoor spaces to life and transforming their backyards and front yards into beautiful, sustainable, environmentally friendly, organic spaces that last a lifetime.  A landscape design is a holistic creation. It moves, breathes, changes all the time. Each element in it: the hardscape, plants, water, sky; interact with each other to be a green symphony.

What do you want your plant song to be? A quiet place for meditation, sports area, wildlife sanctuary, vegetable garden or a combination of things. All are possible. Your plant song is going to be different from anybody else’s because you are different from anybody else.  Ready to get started? If you are in or around the communities of Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette or Orinda give us a call or contact us for your free consultation at (925) 274-0782.  Laural Landscapes, Organic by Design.





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