For those who wish to limit the environmental impact of their landscape design, there are several measures that can be taken, among these, limiting water consumption, avoiding chemical pesticides, and supporting neighboring pollinators.
Minimizing the use of chemicals leads to healthier grasses and plants, cleaner water, and more nutrient-rich soils, safe for humans, pets, and the foliage itself. Leaving grass clippings behind helps to avoid garden waste, while simultaneously serving as an organic fertilizer for the yard. Fallen leaves, as well, can be spread into nearby flower beds and vegetable gardens, doubling as a natural mulch of sorts.
Native plants provide the needed nectar, pollen and seeds that serve as food for butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals. Wildlife prefers this type of growth, and their low-maintenance tendencies typically require less irrigation, fertilizer, and pruning—all while supporting the surrounding ecology.