WHAT IS ECOSCAPING?
Ecological landscaping (ecoscaping) is a holistic approach to sustainable land management. It is a method of landscaping that increases biodiversity, promotes living soils, strengthens local ecosystems and establishes plant communities that mimic existing patterns and relationships of the natural world.
Ecoscaping is a great alternative to traditional landscaping. Ecoscaping requires little to no mowing, fewer inputs (like fertilizers, mulch, and compost), and less water consumption. It relies on self-sustaining and self-regulating systems, incorporates natural and safe pest management, and relies on strong plant communities and their natural life cycles.
Our Green City Growers landscape design team can create a fully customized and aesthetically pleasing landscape that incorporates high-yield vegetable gardens, fruit trees and bushes and perennial and native flowers, shrubs, and herbaceous plants to make your home a happier and healthier place to be. Our designers consider the ecology of sites and the goals of the client to create gardens that enhance the surrounding environment for the benefit of all species—including humans! These landscapes are productive, ecologically sustainable, more cost effective and aesthetically pleasing. Because no two ecoscapes will ever look the same, a full design consultation and customized quote will be generated on a project-by-project basis.
Perennials, unlike annuals, come back every year without needing to be replanted. Native perennials have adapted to withstand environmental conditions in the area. By pairing perennials that grow well together and bloom at different times of year, strong plant communities are formed that are robust, resilient, and delightful.
POLLINATOR FRIENDLY GARDENS
Pollinators play a critical role in the environment. Honey bees are perhaps the most well known pollinators, but other native bee species, butterflies, beetles, flies, and some birds are just as significant to this process and need our attention in the landscape. Our designs includes a mix of herbaceous plants, flowering shrubs, grasses and ground covers that bloom throughout the year, giving pollinators the food, habitat, and protections they need.
“More than two-thirds of the worlds’ crop species, whose fruits and seeds together provide over 30% of the food and beverages we consume, require the presence of a pollinator.”
– Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Rain gardens act as nature’s water filter. These designed, shallow landscaped depressions slow and filter storm water runoff from roofs, parking lots, and roads. The soil mixture used in rain gardens allows water to slowly filter back into the ground instead of rushing into the storm drains. The perennial plant species used in rain gardens are a mixture of plants will tolerate a range of moisture conditions.
ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE ALLIANCE
GCG is a proud member of the ELA, that advocates for ecological landscape practices through education, collaboration, and outreach.