Believe it or not, landscaping and irrigation systems can actually help the environment. What you put into or take out of the soil around your home directly contributes to the health of your local ecosystem.
Landscape design can be environmentally friendly in several ways. The roots of trees, shrubs, and small greenery filters the rainwater it comes in contact with, which can be full of natural and manmade pollutants. In addition to helping cut down on water pollution, this process also benefits other plants and animals who’ll be coming into contact with the water that’s been filtered by your plants.
You may remember from high school biology that plants and humans work together to control the amount of oxygen in the air. Plants use carbon dioxide in the air to create oxygen, which is then breathed in by humans, who convert it back to carbon dioxide for the plants. One tree removes more than 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in one year alone, the equivalent of 11,000 miles of emissions pollution from our vehicles. We know the air in urban areas is far more polluted than the air in rural areas. This is a direct result of the lack of trees.
This is why it’s important that our ecosystems contain an abundance of trees. Without plenty of trees, our air becomes polluted and is not nearly as healthy for us to inhale as the fresh air found in forests and areas highly populated by trees. Adding trees into your landscape design helps provide clean air for you and your family as well as neighbors and other nearby residents.
Think of how peaceful and quiet you feel in the middle of a wooded area compared to the noise and chaos of a large city. That’s not just a result of the lack of people - it’s also due to the naturally lower noise level of wooded areas that occur as a result of the inability for sound waves to penetrate denser environments. In other words, the more trees you have in your backyard, the less likely you are to hear loud and obnoxious lawn mowers, automobiles, planes, and other noise producers. This isn’t just an added perk for you - it also attracts more wildlife and creates a calmer environment for both flora and fauna.
Installing an irrigation system in your yard is a great way to help the environment, since irrigation systems provide the water that sustains agriculture and flora and fauna.
Think of an irrigation system as a reservoir that collects rain and groundwater and distributes it evenly at a chosen time and place. Even during the hottest part of the summer, plants, flowers, shrubs, and grass will have the moisture they need to keep looking beautiful.
When an irrigation system is in place, the soil is able to retain moisture. When soil has the ideal amount of moisture, it is able to sustain the essential nutrients needed to nourish agricultural crops, trees, flowers, and the tiniest creatures that make up your local environment.
Because irrigation systems are able to control the release and distribution of water content into the ground, they also help contribute to cooling the soil and surrounding areas. This is beneficial for humans inhabiting the space above the earth, but it also prevents the premature death of plants and animals on and below the ground.
Irrigation systems are able to prevent soil erosion by providing the earth with the optimal moisture level. By preventing soil erosion, irrigation systems are able to contribute to agricultural diversity on private and commercial farms while also allowing you to plant more flowers, trees, and shrubs around your home.
If you decide to install an irrigation system, it’s important to find a trained irrigation expert who is able to identify any potential problems or necessary groundwork. Unlike lawn maintenance professionals, irrigation experts, like those at MidSouth Irrigation and Landscaping, work with the newest technology to design, install, and maintain irrigation systems that work efficiently.
Expertly installed irrigation systems can even lower energy costs, while improperly installed irrigation systems can lead to major disasters like flooding and loss of property and plant life from water damage.
Ready to install your irrigation system? Contact the experts at MidSouth Irrigation and Landscape.
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