Caring for our planet has never been more urgent
So when you’re planning your landscaping project, how can you make it sustainable? Whether you’re a landscaper or a gardener, you can reduce your carbon impact and make wildlife welcome with a few thoughtful choices. Here are some simple ways you can boost the good that your garden does for you and for the environment…
Start with what you have and think about what can be re-used. For example, this award winning show garden (built by Kebur Landscape Division in collaboration with the APL) is full of ideas including the a stunning deck, bar and pergola from old scaffold boards and poles. If you have old concrete paving, this could work well as a base for a shed or summer house. In this way, blending old with new creates character and makes your budget go further too.
Use recycled materials
You may be surprised to know how many landscaping products are wholly or largely recycled in content. This makes it easy to reduce, re-use or recycle. Reclaimed York Stone is a classic paving choice that holds its value and will truly stand the test of time. You can also choose from many decorative stones such as slate paddle stones or marble chippings that are sourced from unused waste or by-products from industry.
If you’re creating a deck, our SAiGE composite decking are produced using around 90% recycled materials.
And many stunning contemporary paving solutions use largely recycled content.
Choose sustainable timber
To ensure you are able to enjoy forest products for years to come, look out for timber products that are sustainably sourced. This means checking whether timber is harvested to promote responsible management of forests.
Reduce your carbon
There are alternatives to cement and concrete which are carbon-heavy. Cemfree Optima and Cemfree Masonry Mortar are cement-free ultra-low carbon alternatives saving up to 85% carbon emissions compared to traditional cement and masonry mortar.
Paying a little more for quality can mean your products last a lot longer. When choosing a lap panel, cheaper panels may have only three or fewer vertical batons to support them and may be more vulnerable to the wind.
Paying a few pounds extra for a 6 foot lap panel with five vertical batons means the panel will be stronger and more resilient to the weather.
With more extreme weather patterns like drought and flooding, we’re having to take water management more seriously. When planning a garden with lots of hard landscaping, include permeable surfaces. This is so rain water and any pollutants can be naturally absorbed by the ground on site; reducing run-off in this way puts less pressure on sewers and waterways.
Make space for plants
Every plant is a carbon store and a potential source of food and shelter for wildlife. The shade from trees can also help keep you and your home cool on hot summer days. So make sure you include plenty of plants and trees in your garden. If you have a front garden and are in need of a parking space, it’s tempting to pave it over completely. Instead, why not give space for plants? You’ll also improve your kerb appeal by mixing some planting in with your hard standing. The RHS has some great ideas on how to include plants in your front garden.
When you’re planting anything, avoid any peat-based compost so you are helping to preserve peatlands, which are vital carbon stores. It’s easy to make your own compost at home and all our compost at Kebur is peat-free.
Create habitats for wildlife
Loss of habitat is causing a huge fall in species in the UK. So much so that the global insect decline could threaten our food chain. Make your garden project a haven for birds and pollinators with simple choices. Try native hedges, wildflower meadows and log piles which are low maintenance and will look great.
We’ve partnered with the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust to support their work to improve the local environment for the benefit of people and wildlife. They have lots of ideas on how to make a garden wildlife friendly including how to support our prickly hedgehog friends.