As summer is well on its way and the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time to give a new life to your outdoor landscapes. Whether you are selling your home or settling into a new one, at Abbey & Olivier, we believe that creating a beautiful outdoor space should not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home but also promote green living and sustainability. In this blog, we’ll be exploring some fun ideas and tips for sustainable summer landscaping and gardening that will make your home a haven of peace.


1. Plant Native Plants


Choosing Native Plants 

One of the most sustainable practices you can adopt in your landscaping practices is planting native species. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil, therefore they require less water and maintenance on your part. They double up as habitat and food for local wildlife, promoting biodiversity around the city.

Benefits of Native Plants
  • Conservation: Native plants typically require less irrigation, helping you conserve water and energy.
  • Low Maintenance: They’re generally more resistant to local pests and diseases, reducing the need to smother your lawn in chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Wildlife Support: Plants provide essential resources for local birds, bees, and butterflies, supporting the fauna and the flora thus contributing to a healthy ecosystem.


2. Install Efficient Irrigation Systems


Drip Irrigation 

Switching to a drip irrigation system can save significant amounts of water compared to traditional sprinklers. Drip irrigation delivers water directly to the roots of plants, minimizing evaporation and runoff and preventing waste of water.

Smart Irrigation Controllers 

Invest in a smart irrigation controller that adjusts watering schedules based on weather conditions, soil moisture, and plant needs. This technology ensures your garden gets the right amount of water without wastage.


3. Composting for a Greener Garden


Start Composting 

Composting is an excellent way to recycle kitchen scraps and garden waste into nutrient-rich soil. By adding compost to your garden, you are effectively contributing to your planet’s health, improving soil quality and enhancing plant growth, hence you reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers in your garden.

Composting Tips
  • Balance Greens and Browns: Ensure a good mix of green materials (vegetable scraps, coffee grounds) and brown materials (leaves, cardboard).
  • Maintain Moisture: Keep your compost pile moist, but not waterlogged.
  • Turn Regularly: Turning the compost pile helps to aerate it and speeds up the decomposition process.


4. Sustainable Lawn Care


Reduce Lawn Size 

You should consider reducing the size of your lawn to save on water and maintenance. For that purpose, you can replace portions of your lawn with drought-tolerant ground covers, native grasses, or ornamental beds.

Organic Lawn Care 

For areas where a lawn is necessary, using organic fertilizers and pest control methods instead of their chemical counterparts can improve your soil’S health and reduce the environmental impact of fertilizers.


5. Incorporate Edible Gardens


Grow Your Own Food

Incorporating edible plants into your gardening practices is a rewarding way to practice sustainability. Vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees can be both beautiful and functional, providing fresh produce straight from the source for your family all summer.

Container Gardening 

If space is limited, consider container gardening. Pots and raised beds can be used to grow a variety of edible plants, making efficient use of small areas and giving you more freedom when cooking. If you’d like to keep your plants all year long, you also get the option to bring them inside during the winter months.


6. Utilize Recycled Materials


Creative Hardscaping 

Use recycled materials for your garden paths, patios, and other hardscape elements. Reclaimed wood, bricks, and stones not only add character to your garden but also make use of scraps you might already have thus reducing the demand for new resources.

DIY Projects 

Get creative with DIY projects like building planters from old pallets or creating garden art from repurposed items. These projects add a personal touch to your garden while promoting recycling and reuse.


Settling into Your New Property as a Homeowner


Personalize Your Outdoor Space 


After purchasing your new property, going hands deep in the soil and transforming the garden yourself into a space that reflects your personality can be incredibly rewarding. Whether you prefer a serene zen garden or a vibrant flower-filled oasis, your outdoor space should feel like an extension of your home and character.


Add Personal Touches


  • Create Cozy Corners: Designate areas for relaxation and entertainment. A hammock under a shady tree, a patio with comfortable seating, or a fire pit surrounded by chairs can become favorite spots for unwinding or spending quality time with friends and family.
  • Incorporate Your Hobbies: If you love cooking, consider an herb garden or an outdoor kitchen with grill and smoker. For those who enjoy flowers, a cutting garden can provide fresh blooms for your home.
  • Use Personal Decor: Incorporate garden decor that reflects your style, such as garden gnomes, wind chimes, or fairy lights.


Enhance Curb Appeal to Better Sell Your Home


A well-maintained and thoughtfully designed garden can significantly enhance the curb appeal and attractiveness of your new home. This not only creates a charming atmosphere for you to live in and for your guests when they visit, but it can also increase the value of your property should you decide to sell in the future.




Embracing sustainable landscaping and gardening practices this summer can transform your outdoor space into a sanctuary of beauty and nature. At Abbey & Olivier, we encourage you to adopt these green living strategies to create a landscape that is not only stunning but also eco-friendly. By planting native species, utilizing efficient irrigation systems, composting and making your own herb garden, you can enjoy a vibrant landscape that contributes positively to the environment.

Start your journey towards a sustainable and beautiful garden this summer and be a part of the green living movement. For more tips and expert advice on sustainable landscaping or on buying and selling a home, contact Abbey & Olivier today!