Much has changed within the landscape industry in recent history. What began as a fascination with exotic plants and a design style that emphasized control and artificial perfection in the landscape is now seeing a tide change toward natural and organic landscaping.
Groups like the Ecological Landscape Alliance, the Northeast Organic Farming Organic Land Care Program, the Native Plant Center of Westchester, and Bedford 2020 Healthy Yard Program are making great strides in elevating the natural land care industry and spreading valuable information to the public.
What is Natural, Ecological Landscaping?
Much of the public is still unfamiliar with the term ecological landscaping. At Green Jay Landscaping, we subscribe to the creed of:
- Do No Harm – Reject landscape chemicals and practices that harm the environment and local ecology. Natural landscaping is necessarily organic landscaping. (Learn more about why organic landscaping / gardening is the first step towards a safe and healthy landscape.)
- Use Landscape Design for Good – Protect precious natural resources and improve the environment by:
- creating habitat
- cleaning the air
- capturing carbon
- collecting, filtering and reusing storm water
- preventing erosion
- building healthy soil microbial communities.
Ecological landscaping looks toward nature for inspiration; hence it is often also referred to as natural landscaping, native landscaping, or environmental landscaping.
Instead of striving for highly manicured landscapes, requiring countless chemicals, endless maintenance practices, and relying on exotic plants that do very little for local wildlife, we turn to our native landscapes for design guidance and creative inspiration. We seek to replicate these natural landscapes in a residential setting and achieve their same positive impact on local ecology.
At Green Jay Landscaping, we have designed and installed native organic wildflower meadows, woodland gardens, naturalistic ponds and streams, and sunny pollinator gardens.
A key tenet of natural landscapes is supporting biodiversity – using a range of (mostly) native plants that invite pollinators, birds, and other local wildlife. Natural landscapes are not sterile but vibrant with life and activity! Learn more about Our Promise as Landscape Ecologists and our commitment to biodiversity.
Examples of our Natural Landscaping Work
Whether you are looking to transform your front yard, back yard, or a specific garden area, our landscaping services can fit your needs! Below are some examples of Green Jay Landscaping design and construction projects that exemplify natural, environmentally friendly landscaping.
Are you ready to explore sustainable, natural and organic landscaping? Is supporting local ecology and improving the environment important to you? Give us a call to discuss your property! 914-560-6570 or submit our consultation form!
Green Jay Landscaping
Where Design Meets Ecology
Serving NY and CT