Ecological Landscapers are professionals who have an understanding of natural systems — geology, climate, soils, plants, and ecology. They incorporate this knowledge with landscape design, construction, and maintenance to make ecologically sound decisions for your property. An ecological landscaper differs from a conventional landscaper through the approach, techniques, and products used while managing the soil, plant life, and landscape.They strive to create gardens in an environmentally responsible way with a goal to improve and enhance the site conditions for both humans and wildlife alike.
An ecological landscaper begins with a study of the entire site, including:
PLANT INVENTORY — Cataloging the plants that exist on the site
SITE LOCATION — Hardiness zone, topography, microclimate, exposure
to wind and sun, and availability of water
SOIL SAMPLES — pH test, soil composition, texture, moisture retention,
SITE HISTORY — Recurring problems in the landscape, wet areas, stressed
plants, erosion Ecological landscapers use data from their site analysis to provide a design that is appropriate for the site.They will build healthy soil and choose plants that will grow and thrive, selecting for disease resistance, drought or wet tolerance, and non-invasiveness.
To minimize the use of toxic chemicals, an ecological landscaper will proactively
monitor plant material and soils for key pests and diseases that arise in stressed
situations. Problems are addressed on a case-by-case basis using the solution with
the least environmental impact.
Listen for these terms when interviewing a landscaper:
Integrated pest management
Compost as soil amendment
Endophytically enhanced grass seed
Mulches of leaf mold or compost
Low impact solutions
Least toxic pesticides
Products used by an ecological landscape professional:
Low nitrogen fertilizer