Naturescaping may be a new term, but it’s on old concept. People living and working in concert with an ecosystem to enjoy its benefits, without impacting the beauty and function of that natural area. You may live on a postage stamp lot in the city or a large rural acreage. Maybe you have a raised bed garden, or grow a specialty crop for market. Whatever your lot size, you can do things that will create a lush, inviting landscape for people, birds and wildlife. The benefits to you can be a healthy landscape that rarely needs watering, fertilizing, mowing, weeding or pruning. Imagine sitting on your porch and watching the abundance of birds and bees, knowing that you are contributing to clean air, healthy streams, and a healthy environment that allows people and wildlife to live in harmony.
So what is naturescaping?
It’s creating an environment that teems with life, requires little outside store-bought materials, protects water, soil, and air, and creates a healthier environment for you. It generally means you will need to buy few if any pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, and other costly inputs. It means choosing appropriate plants for the appropriate site, maintaining the health of your soil, composting to recycle nutrients back onto the land, and creating a welcoming environment for wildlife. For you, it means working with nature, instead of against it. And that means less work, more birds and pollinators, lower costs, and a healthy, lush backyard, farm or acreage.
Here you will find resources on maintaining healthy soil, preventing erosion, providing for wildlife, organic gardening methods, choosing sustainable materials, and natural yard care.
- The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step by Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, by Beth O’Donnell Young, 2011 Timber Press
- Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, by Toby Hemenway. 2009 2nd ed