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GJL Featured in Westchester Magazine| 3 Landscape Designers Share How to Create a More Eco-Friendly Yard

Thanks to the excellent reporting from Westchester Magazine, there is more attention and public awareness than ever on ecological landscape design.  Residential neighborhoods all over Westchester, Putnam & Fairfield counties are turning toward organic landscaping that mitigates climate change, restores habitats, and maximizes ecosystem services. As spring approaches, now is a perfect time to evaluate your landscape from an ecological perspective. Consider hiring a landscape designer to help transform your property into an eco-friendly yard. Jay Archer was featured along with our much-respected colleagues, Amanda Bayley of Plan it Wild and Catherine Wachs of The Lazy Gardner, all of whom provide valuable tips and tricks for an environmentally-friendly home landscape.

Jay’s home landscape is a symphony of native flowering perennials, shrubs, trees & a designed stream & waterfall.

Jay Archer’s Tips for an Eco-Friendly Yard

Jay’s advice for transitioning from tradition, chemical-based landscaping to organic and ecological landscape design is as follows:

The most important rule is to do no harm. We can do much more to make our green spaces healthier. For biological life, we need to increase biodiversity. We recommend improving soil health and adding native plants. This will contribute to better health at home and improve air quality around your house. You can build something almost like a private nature preserve on your own property. Mulching grass clippings and shredding leaves adds nutrients back into the soil and acts as a natural fertilizer. Most people overwater their lawns; you can save water by not using irrigation systems if you don’t need them. It’s never too late to start making improvements somewhere.”

Read the full article here.

Jay Archer, founder & president of Green Jay Landscape Design, shares tips for eco-friendly landscaping.

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