Cantor’s Corner: Efficient Landscape Design With Color
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
There are 3 major considerations when it comes to home landscaping. They are water conservation, energy conservation and maintenance. A quality landscape design and construction company has the knowledge and experience to incorporate the solutions while still providing color in their plan.
The first step to water conservation is irrigation and drought tolerant trees, shrubs and vegetation. Drip irrigation, proper drainage and ground preparation will ensure you use less water while maintaining healthy landscape. There are many drought tolerant trees, plants, shrubs and ground cover to choose from while still providing color in your yard. You can also take advantage of local incentives to change your natural lawn to synthetic turf.
With the advancement of LED lighting it has become the most popular interior and exterior lighting solution over the past few years. LED can be 60 – 70% more energy efficient compared to incandescent lighting. There are many LED options in path, spot and mood lighting for landscaping. FX Luminaire is a great place to start.
When creating a landscape design or changing out existing trees, plants and shrubs, maintenance should be a major consideration. If low maintenance is your objective, that can be accomplished with the right plan. To get started, check out Better Homes & Gardens.
For all your design and landscape construction needs, I recommend Approved Home Pro Landscape Logic.