Using plants and trees that are native to the area helps to reduce problems of invasive species harming local wilderness ecologies. In water-limited regions xeriscaping – choosing plants that use less water – can make a real difference in the water cost of a landscape.
Another concern that is gathering attention involves the natural drainage patterns of a landscape. Using too much hardscape – patio and paths – can negatively affect the natural requirements of your outside areas. The solution may not be to limit your outdoor living space but to choose to include water-permeable elements.
This spa in Bali provides some ideas. The gravel naturally allows water to drain from the area into the soil while still providing a walkway with selected pavers or tiles. If you want a more straightforward patio, you could reverse this approach and have large squares of concrete, pavers or tile separated by narrow bands of gravel. This would be easier to walk on and for placing furniture while still providing a place for rainfall to drain.
Another option is taking a look at a wide variety of permeable surfaces currently available. In response to this concern, outdoor flooring experts have been creating options that resemble standard hardscape materials in appearance and function, but allow rainwater to drain through them.
When you’re ready to redo your outdoor living space, be sure to investigate these options to help the drainage patterns in your yard as well as your neighborhood’s environment.