6 Tips and Ideas for Creating an Eco-Friendly Landscape Design

Starting and maintaining a garden means having an additional aesthetically appealing feature on your property.

A lawn also provides several eco-friendly benefits, such as helping clean the air and improve its quality, preventing soil erosion, reducing noise pollution, and keeping the temperature around your home cooler.

But to have a sustainable, eco-friendly outdoor space that lets you enjoy these benefits, you need to have a well-thought-out landscape design in Dubai.

How to Create a Sustainable and Appealing Landscape Design

The right landscape design can give you and your family an outdoor space for recreation and leisure and an additional appealing feature on your property. It can also boost your home’s resale value and make your home more environmentally friendly.

You can experience these advantages by following these tips and ideas for creating a sustainable, functional, and aesthetically appealing landscape design:

  1. Choose a landscape design with water conservation in mind.

Starting and maintaining a garden entails using plenty of water to grow and nurture plants and keep your lawn clean.

The less water you use in your garden, the better. And with the right landscape design, you can minimize your water usage significantly.

There are various ways to do this. First, group plants with similar hydration requirements together so that you can save water.

Plan on adding plenty of mulch in the design to minimize surface evaporation and help plants retain water more efficiently.

Lastly, design your garden to take advantage of surface water flow, including rainwater, so you can conserve more water. You can do this by directing it to a pond or an area of your lawn where it is needed most.

  1. Minimize your landscape’s mechanical maintenance requirements.

Using a mower, electric pruning shears, and other energy-powered gardening tools and equipment means you’re leaving behind a carbon footprint. Moreover, you contribute to air and noise pollution.

You can minimize the use of these tools and equipment and contribute to pollution by choosing your plants well.

Aside from cultivating native plants, choose drought-tolerant ones that look appealing with no or little maintenance.

Also, incorporate sand, stones, and mulch into your landscape.

Lastly, consider artificial grass for your lawn. They don’t require watering, weeding, mowing, or fertilizing.

  1. Include plenty of native plants.

Native plants can grow and thrive without the need for a lot of fertilizers, pesticides, water, and maintenance.

Endemic plants have deep root systems. Because of this, you don’t have to water them often. This characteristic also allows them to reduce runoff and erosion in your garden.

Moreover, they are rarely invasive, meaning they won’t compete with other plants on your lawn.  

Additionally, native plants provide food and shelter to local wildlife, maintain biodiversity, and improve the ecosystem.  

Finally, native plants can adapt to the inherent soil’s fertility levels and can even resist local pests. And the fewer fertilizers, chemicals, and water you use on your landscape, the better.

  1. Incorporate permeable hardscapes.

Adding plenty of hardscapes to your landscape design can make your lawn sustainable and eco-friendly.

But aside from integrating pavers and concrete in your lawn, you would do well to use permeable landscape features in your design.

Concrete patios, walkways, and other impervious surfaces prevent water from soaking into the ground. Because of this, water ends up splashing off the hardscape and contributes to runoff.

Permeable hardscapes permit water to soak into the soil underneath. This can help keep the plants hydrated even if you don’t water them.

Examples of permeable hardscapes you can use in your landscape are pea gravel, river rocks, pervious concrete, and porous interlocking concrete pavers.

  1. Use local materials as much as possible.

The stone, gravel, pavers, wood, and other materials you will use in your landscape installation leave a carbon footprint.

The farther they travel, the more they leave an ecological footprint as well.

To have a sustainable garden, buy local materials for any feature you plan to add to your landscape.

Whether it is a retaining wall or patio, use locally sourced materials to build them.

  1. Opt for eco-friendly lighting features.

Lighting is an essential component of a beautiful and safe landscape.

Fortunately, you have several options to choose from to have eco-friendly lighting fixtures in your outdoor space.

Solar-powered landscape lights are the most sustainable options. These features convert the sun’s rays into electricity at night.

This option ensures you have a well-lit lawn and helps you save money on your energy bills at the same time.

You can also purchase low-energy lighting fixtures. Low-voltage bulbs operate on 12 volts, allowing you to have low energy bills.

Additionally, reduce landscape lighting and your utility bills by putting lights on a motion sensor so that they can illuminate areas only when necessary.

Lastly, a simple tip you can follow is to use LED landscape lights. These fixtures require less wattage yet emit the same level of brightness as incandescent bulbs.

Moreover, they do not produce infrared radiation, which means they do not release heat and remain cool to the touch.

These characteristics can help you cut down your energy consumption significantly.

Regardless of which fixtures you choose, make sure you purchase ones with the colors and brightness that won’t scare nocturnal wildlife visiting your garden.

Having a beautiful, eco-friendly garden requires plenty of careful thought, planning, and work. You can skip all these by getting help from contractors with experience designing and installing green landscapes.


Rachel Hennessey manages the Pools and Landscaping Division of Hennessey LLC. She also works on Tender and Pre-Qualification and brings in new business to the company’s Construction, Interiors and Civils Division.