Justin White, Landscaping Lessons | Environment ally additions for landscaping   – Santa Cruz Sentinel

As landscapers, nature is our sacred realm and we have a responsibility to take care of it. Gardening and farming may be a healing hobby for some, but they can also be a practical way of contributing to the environment. Producing greener materials helps purify the air, reduce pollution, and create pollination, all of which results in a happier, cleaner planet. There are so many types of beneficial plants and trees that are beneficial to the health of our earth, but here are just a few favorites that do well in our central coast climate. Consider adding more of these “green” options when planning your next outdoor space.

There are so many types of beneficial plants and trees that promote the health of our earth. (Contributed)


Lavender is fragrant and beautiful, and makes a sumptuous addition to any home or garden. It attracts beneficial insects, butterflies, and bees, making it a valuable choice for pollination. Put this purple flowering plant near gardens where bees and other pollinators can’t resist its charm. The herb is also known for its medicinal benefits, including calming, calming, and healing properties. Lavender is resistant to warmer climates and thrives here in California. It is easy to care for and usually only requires sun and sufficient drainage.

Eucalyptus tree

The larger the “plant”, the more carbon dioxide it can absorb and the more oxygen it can release back into the air. The bigger the “plant”, the more dangerous they can be. Eucalyptus trees are abundant here, whether we like it or not. Let’s start by proactively and conscientiously grooming and nurturing them. At the top of the list of carbon dioxide absorbers are eucalyptus trees, which store around 70 pounds of CO2 per year! Eucalyptus was planted in the Santa Cruz area at the end of the 19th century and has become one of the most common trees along our coast.

Coast redwood

This infamous western tree is a great addition to any California home. Known as the tallest trees on earth, redwoods can fly up to 350 feet in the wild and have an average lifespan of 600 years. Studies that outperform eucalyptus have shown that redwoods absorb more carbon dioxide from power plants, cars, and trucks than any other tree species on earth. The more CO2 they devour, the more they contribute to combating climate change and improve the air we breathe.

Trees can also contribute to air quality by providing shaded surfaces and cooler temperatures. If a house or building receives shade support from surrounding trees, this can reduce the need for conventional air conditioning and the associated gas emissions.

Even if Earth Day has only just passed, don’t let that stop you from making an impact all year round. Contribute to our ecosystem by making conscious landscaping decisions that will benefit our earth for years to come!

Justin White is the CEO of K&D Landscaping, headquartered in Watsonville, California, and was named Business of the Year 2020 by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce. White is also the current president of the local chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) on the central coast. He is involved in several non-profit organizations across the community. For more information on landscaping, outdoor and gardening requirements, contact K&D Landscaping at kndlandscaping.com.

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