Thinking about how you can create a sustainable space with your landscaping project? At Kebur we strive to improve the sustainability of our business. We are continually looking at ways we can support landscapers and gardeners to have a positive impact on the environment. We want to share some ways you can select your materials carefully and boost your environmental credentials…
Use recycled materials
You may be surprised to know how many landscaping products are wholly or largely recycled in content, which is great news for those looking to reduce, re-use or recycle. For example, you can choose decorative stone such as slate paddlestones or marble chippings that are sourced from previously unused waste or by-products from industry. If you’re creating a deck, Saige composite decking is produced using 95% recycled materials and comes with a 10 year warranty. And we offer some stunning contemporary paving solutions using largely recycled content.
To ensure you are able to enjoy forest products for years to come, look out for timber products with the FSC® logo. The timber used in these products is harvested to promote responsible management of forests. All our timber garden products supplied by Grange are FSC® certified, meaning you can enjoy fencing and garden structures with a clear conscience.
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, we’re having to take water management more seriously to reduce the devastating impact of drought and flooding. When planning a garden with lots of hard landscaping, it is important to include some permeable surfaces so rain water and any pollutants can be naturally absorbed by the ground on site; this reduces run-off which puts pressure on sewers and waterways. There are lots of affordable options which can look great as part of any garden design; for example, choose from self-binding gravel, decorative aggregates and permeable driveway blocks. Find out more about permeable paving.
Create habitats for wildlife
Loss of habitat is causing a huge fall in species in the UK. And we’ve recently learnt that the global insect decline could threaten our food chain if we don’t act soon. Make your garden project a haven for birds and bees 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.