What is Sustainable (Eco-Friendly) Landscaping?

What is sustainable (eco-friendly) landscaping?

Sustainable landscapes are those designed, installed and cared for in a way that is beneficial to the environment, while also sustaining essential human function, health and well-being.

Outdoor spaces can provide beauty, food, recreational opportunity, relaxation, utility, and more. Sustainable outdoor living environments created by Formecology, LLC are thoughtfully designed with the end in mind to provide more than simply an attractive setting for a home – they provide a vision and master plan for achieving a fulfilling and rewarding outdoor lifestyle, while being mindful of the environment.

How can Formecology help?


Landscape Design:

Without a clear, well-considered plan, it is nearly impossible to create a sustainable outdoor living place that doesn’t incur wasteful missteps and their associated environmental and financial costs. A successful landscape design must not only include the appropriate elements, but also organize them properly for maximum function as well as aesthetic and ecological value.

landscape design

Native Plants: 

Adaptability – Native plants are accustomed to growing and surviving in various weather conditions.

Low maintenance – Native plants do not require supplemental water, fertilizer, pesticide treatment or excessive care.

Drought resistance – Due to their long roots, native plants collect and store rainwater thus helping to control water run-off and erosion.

Beauty – Native plants create a beautiful landscape due to their range of sizes, heights, textures and seasonal colors.

Time and cost efficiency – Native landscaping is more time and cost effective than traditional non-native landscaping, requiring far less upkeep, mowing, watering, weeding and replacement, especially when looking out over several years.

Biodiversity – The many different species of native plants, each blooming at different periods during the growing season, create a range of food sources and habitats for wildlife.

Pollution control – Native plants require carbon to grow; therefore, they remove a significant amount of air pollution.

Stormwater management:

Keeping excess rainwater kept off the property can prevent flooding in the yard or leakage into the home’s foundation. Stormwater can also pick up pollutants and carry them quickly to our lakes and rivers, causing great environmental damage.

  • Rain Gardens – Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the yard filled with native plants and absorbent soils to capture and retain the rainwater.
  • Bioretention – Bioretention rain gardens are rain gardens built on a larger and more commercial scale.
  • Bioswales – Bioswales are narrow strips of depressed land (i.e. ditches) that convey storm water much like storm sewers or underdrain pipes.
  • Rain Barrels – Rain barrels collect and store rainwater for home and garden use at a later time, also known as rainwater harvesting.
  • Green rooftop – A green rooftop is a roof that is partially/completely covered with soil and vegetation and a growing medium such as soil.

rain garden with native plants

Natural Stone Hardscapes:

Using natural and locally sourced materials create beautiful landscapes and stone hardscapes that are in tune with their natural local surroundings.

  • Hardscapes (walls, walkways, patios, steps, driveways) – Our hardscape features are functional, beautiful and constructed in ways that minimize their impact on the environment.
  • Porous Pavement & Eco-Driveways – Porous pavements (i.e. eco-driveways) can reduce rainwater runoff because the surface captures rainwater and directs it into the ground.

natural stone wall

Outdoor Lighting:

Outdoor lighting fixtures add beauty and ambience to your evening landscape view, but they also provide illumination for improved personal safety.

outdoor lighting for beauty, ambiance, and safety

Landscape Renovations: 

There are many situations that can trigger a much needed landscape renovation or makeover. In such a situation, you may end up updating, enhancing, removing or even replacing some or all of your landscape.

landscape renovation

Organic Lawn Care: 

Healthy, lower-maintenance, and chemical-free lawn that is better for you, your children, pets, and the environment.

organic lawn care, chemical free, safe for children and pets

Shoreline Management & Slope Stabilization: 

Bioengineering & Biodegradable Blankets – Bioengineering takes advantage of biodegradable blankets and deeply rooted native plants. This is a very effective method of erosion control and stopping further soil loss.

Drainage Systems: 

We use our ingenuity and creativity when fixing grades and implementing drainage systems to fix water issues, all while properly managing water flow through aesthetically pleasing and sustainable landscape features.

drainage solutions, drain pipe