With some simple changes to your landscape, you have the power to change your life and potential to impact the world.

Do you ever feel like your landscape is a drain? 

Whether work, time, or money, we invest our precious resources just to keep up with the Joneses, meet HOA guidelines, or to feel good about having a nice living space.

With a new outlook and a few changes, we can turn this resource drain into a reward!  Not only will you feel less obligated to spend time working in your landscape, you will want to spend time enjoying your landscape.

You face a challenge.  You have to decide how important your work, time, and money are when it comes to your landscape.  To help, let’s consider a few questions:

  • Do you want to invest ongoing effort in your landscape through maintenance?
  • Do you want to invest in continual application of resources such as irrigation or fertilization?
  • Do you want your yard to look exactly the same as everyone in your neighborhood?
  • Do you want to always be mowing, weeding, or paying someone else to do these tasks?

On the contrary:

  • Do you want a low maintenance landscape?
  • Do you want a landscape that is unique and attractive?
  • Do you want your landscape to give you a return?

Sound loaded?  Perhaps a little.  But not unrealistic.

Good design: more beauty, less work.

Through Aesthetic Ecosystem design, you have the basis for designing and implementing a low maintenance and beautiful landscape.

So how do we get there?  What elements are part of an aesthetic ecosystem?

The four principles of Aesthetic Ecosystem Design are:

  1. Visual Aesthetics
  2. Function
  3. Ecological Integrity
  4. Self-Sufficiency

If you want to really dive deep in understanding these principles, check out Principles of Aesthetic Ecosystem Design.

By viewing your landscape through the lens of these four principles you begin to understand ways to minimize work, increase appeal, reduce environmental impact, and make your space more inviting.

The four principles of Aesthetic Ecosystem Design encompass an incredibly broad range of application and distill this variety into a very simple perspective.

To come full circle, Aesthetic Ecosystem design has the power to change your life by giving you time and enjoyment.

You can change the world through the contagious statement your landscape makes on others around you.

You can change the world with the time you have regained from your landscape to make your own personal impact.

So get out there and take back your landscape and life!

Let the beauty of your landscape inspire you to greatness!

To give you something you can take away right now, let’s do an exercise with your landscape.

Below is a super quick exercise to view your landscape with fresh eyes like it’s the first time you’ve stepped into it.

Check it out and let me know how you have changed your world!

Ready for a new perspective? Try a Fresh Focus on your Landscape

“The history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.”

– Michael Crichton (Dr. Ian Malcolm)

Photo Credits: Flickr John Karwoski, John Karwoski, ukgardenphotos