How can garden designers responsibly protect the environment and our wildlife while landscaping?
How can landscapers protect the environment while landscaping? As with many industries, landscaping can have a negative impact on the environment. But, unlike a lot of businesses, we can have an extremely positive impact too. With climate change, habitat loss and species decline clearly evidenced, we feel it is the responsibility of landscape gardening companies to not only mitigate any negative impact, but to also maximise the positive.
How can landscapers protect the environment while landscaping?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We have all heard the terms ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ but how can we apply these to landscaping?
We can keep journeys in the vehicles to a minimum. Where possible the onsite team can travel to you in one van rather than two or three. We can plan ahead so we collect materials on route rather than making special trips out the way. We can also calculate material quantities as accurately as possible to avoid wastage and unnecessary haulage.
Once onsite, we can reuse materials as much as possible. Soil that is dug out for the patio might be used to top up the lawn or create raised beds. Old paving could be broken up and used as hardcore under the new patio. Materials left over from previous jobs are stored so they can be used on the next garden.
When all else fails and we have waste to dispose of, we can choose to recycle it. We can separate it into wood, hardcore, soil, green waste, for example. This way, it can be disposed of responsibly and recycled by waste companies.
What does this mean for domestic landscaping?
Landscapers should think twice about removing plants, shrubs, hedges or trees. We should then consider how we can add to the flora in a new garden. Can we add nesting opportunities for birds in the form of a native hedge? Can we plant flowers that are useful to pollinators such as bees?
We can also add facilities for garden-visiting wildlife such as hedgehogs, birds, insects and so on. Giving the right cover, overwintering opportunities, and food sources all help.
Ponds are a great source of biodiversity if designed with wildlife in mind. Steps and shelves with access points for amphibians can help. Sympathetic planting for invertebrates is good too.
What does Grow Gardens do to protect the environment while landscaping?
All of the above actually! We do our best to minimise any negative impact on the environment by keeping in mind the reduce, reuse and recycle mantra. We also add opportunities for wildlife as much as we can.
What can I do as the customer to help protect the environment while landscaping?
When we meet to discuss your garden, ask us about our impact on the environment. We can share ideas on how to make sustainable choices in your materials, and ways in which we can engineer the design in a way that respects and protects the environment as much as possible.
We can make a positive impact overall, so we have the duty to do just that in partnership with you!