Why would you even want to consider sustainable landscaping ? Well that is an easy question to ask but a difficult one to answer. I guess it all has to do with your belief system and the things that you think are important. To some people the quest is for more and better and they are driven to obtain those things for a lack of a better term material things. For other people it is not about what you have but about what you can do with out sacrificing everything for what you have. I guess that if I were to label why I think that sustainable living is important it is because I like the idea of being able to be independent and being able to provide for myself.
I do not really measure my success by what I own but by how content and happy I am. I do not need to buy something new, especially if I can get it used for a good price or build something myself that will do what I need it to do. So I guess that if you are not interested in getting your hands dirty and being able to provide for yourself with out having to pay someone else for those things you need then you will probably not be interested in reading any further. If however you want to be more independent, more self reliant, and be a good steward of this planet then read on.
Living a sustainable lifestyle does not necessarily mean that you must go live in the middle of the country and give up electricity, running water, and indoor plumbing. What it means is that you are trying to cutback on using non renewable resources and to provide for yourself and your family while giving back rather than taking from the planet. By changing your yard into a sustainable landscape not only are you saving money but you are helping to cut down on pollution of the earth we live on. It is about providing healthy food for you and your family and about setting an example for others. It is a way of life but, it is also a very fulfilling lifestyle.
The idea of a sustainable landscape is more than just a vegetable garden it is garden, an orchard, an herbal dispensary, it is a wildlife habitat, and even a watershed protection area. Not only will you be able to provide your family with fresh grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs you will be improving the environment as well. By producing your own fruits and vegetables you will eliminate the need of purchasing fruits and vegetables that have been trucked in hundreds or thousand of miles using up fossil fuel and polluting the atmosphere with toxic emissions. You will have turned lawn areas that required mowing ( using polluting lawnmowers to maintain), fertilizing, and herbicides into areas that now build the soil in a natural way by the use of composting and good gardening practices. You be providing areas for beneficial insects and wildlife to live and prosper as well.
The use of sustainable landscape techniques also helps prevent water run of and leaching of chemicals into the water shed. By absorbing more water the earth can filter the water before it reaches the watershed instead of it running off of lawns and into storm sewers carrying all kinds of pollutants with it. The use of rain barrels are also good to help cut down on the use of fresh water which will reduce your utility bills as well. So you are helping to recycle the rainwater by using it for the garden and plantings and reducing utilities so you have more money left from your income.
This is only a small part of what would make you decide to go with sustainable landscaping but I hope it will encourage you to delve further and see if Sustainable Landscaping is for you.